You probably know that praising people for their hard work can motivate them to work even harder. That praising people for creativity can encourage them to try new things, and take smart risks. That praising people for their interpersonal skills can inspire them to become even better teammates and leaders.
But what you might not know is that arbitrarily praising a new employee — whether they deserve it or not — is also likely to dramatically boost their performance.
I know: Sounds odd. If I’m a new employee and you randomly tell me I’m doing a great job — especially when I’m not — I may think that my level of (mediocre) performance is more than sufficient.
Yet that’s not the case according to a series of studies published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers donated money to randomly-selected Kickstarter projects. They rated randomly-selected Epionions reviews “very helpful.” They gave status awards to randomly-selected Wikipedia editors….
This article was written by Jeff Haden and originally published on www.inc.com