Receiving recognition feels great – why not be the one to give this great gift to your colleagues?
Giving recognition can become an alien action in schools – we are, because of the nature of our roles, used to giving constructive feedback and working towards ‘next steps’ all the time.
Take the time to ‘talk-up’ a colleague.
The gift of recognition
- When a colleague does something great, despite how small the deed or action, think about what made it so successful.
- Then, it’s simple. Choose a way to recognise it, such as:
– by sending a congratulatory email
– writing praise on the staff noticeboards
– approaching and telling your colleague directly
– leaving them a post-it note
– talking about the impact of what they taught you or shared with you, letting them know it worked and why
– talking-up the person to other colleagues
– giving a social media ‘shout-out’ and share your praise on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, tagging your colleague
Why is it a good strategy?
- Although it might sound very simple, recognising a colleague’s efforts is a great way to boost wellbeing and to let people know their idea or action is appreciated and valued.
- How often do people talk each other down at your setting? Showing recognition through ‘talking-up’ spreads positive vibes.
- Let’s be honest, being kind to others feels good for you too!
Respond with gratitude and praise as soon as possible, this will likely have the best impact as the event will be fresh in everyone’s minds.