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  • Writer's pictureDr. Neal Nybo

Increase employee's feelings of appreciation by 172%!

"A simple deliberate 'thank you' increases an employee's feeling of appreciation by 116 per cent, spontaneous praise increases it by 172 per cent, while formal recognition increases appreciation by 355 per cent." Thank you is all it takes to keep staff 20 Jan, 2020 11:19am, NZ Herald

It seems like the holy grail of employee appreciation might be formal recognition. That's great, but it sometimes happens only once a year to a handful of employees. Why not set our sites on 172% increase through spontaneous praise?

Spontaneous praise

  • Can be done all year round.

  • To as many people as deserve it.

  • In most cases its free.

  • Its authentic.

  • Others may follow our example.

Here is a worksheet to help you get started offering spontaneous praise.

How to get started with positivity in your organization

A couple years ago, my writing partner, Nicole Phillips, and I turned our passions and interests in kindness toward companies and organizations. We combed through hundreds of suggestions and best practices we have received and developed during our speaking and coaching careers. We settled on 30 micro-actions of kindness any of us can do. These are actions so small they will fit into any busy manager or supervisor’s schedule. Some are self-reflective, some have instant impact on others and some are just fun. We collected them along with stories and data to support them. Then, we created personal worksheets for each micro-action. We took all of that and put it into an oversized guide and workbook called Workplace Positivity.

Workplace Positivity

Nicole and I devote much of our time to training management teams and leaders to eliminate negativity by personally practicing some of these micro-actions of kindness. These aren’t sleepy mandatory sessions. We bring the vibrant joy that comes with sharing kindness. We have more stories, more insights, and more micro-actions than any company, organization, or team can possibly use.

Every story, insight and action we share with your team will multiply until you are sharing and overflowing with your own.

Either of us, or both of us, will be happy to work with you to create a customized training and presentation for you weekly staff meeting, quarterly training event, or annual conference. We have presentations from an hour to multiple days.

Now it’s your turn.

In the comments, tell me your #1 takeaway from this post and how you plan to use it in your workplace?

Want more? Click here for a free excerpt from Workplace Positivity with three micro-actions.

Workplace Positivity is available on Amazon.

For a free excerpt or to learn more about the work I am doing, go to

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