Stop to give praise


Today at work, I took the time to do something that’s not done often enough in the news industry: I gave praise.

Some editors are good at giving praise. But oftentimes, a newspaper staff gets caught up in the daily grind of producing stories and other content. They get so caught up in the moment or working on the next goal they forget to look back at what worked well. Journalists tend to be cynical and look first to what was done wrong. Sometimes management does the same thing.
Recently at work, we were asked to improve our efforts and improve our performance. No mention was made of what we do correctly. So, I took a moment at the end of a staff meeting to tell several co-workers that I thought they did a good job on a couple of special projects, projects that were done in addition to the daily grind.

Dealing with the daily grind can be hard enough without hearing only what needs to be improved. Take the time to tell someone you work with that you appreciate his or her hard work.

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About Jason Reynolds
I'm a reporter, blogger, husband and aspiring author. When I'm not working, spending time with the family, or reading (which is quite a bit), I enjoy cooking, traveling, photography and wrangling my family's cats and chickens.

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