Friday, April 27, 2007

The Over-praised Generation

~from Bettnet, Dom writes:

The “most-praised” generation has been told it’s great and special so often that as they enter the work force they’re feeling a praise deficit that some companies are trying to make up.
Employers are dishing out kudos to workers for little more than showing up. Corporations including Lands’ End and Bank of America are hiring consultants to teach managers how to compliment employees using email, prize packages and public displays of appreciation. The 1,000-employee Scooter Store Inc., a power-wheelchair and scooter firm in New Braunfels, Texas, has a staff “celebrations assistant” whose job it is to throw confetti — 25 pounds a week — at employees. She also passes out 100 to 500 celebratory helium balloons a week. The Container Store Inc. estimates that one of its 4,000 employees receives praise every 20 seconds, through such efforts as its “Celebration Voice Mailboxes.
How good can automated, mandated, or programmed praise and compliments makes you feel?
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Domenico Bettinelli said...

I appreciate your linking to my blog and that you like what I write, but in the future could you make it clearer that you are quoting me and that this is not your own work.

In fact, it's probably easier and more in keeping with the concept of "fair use" if you just excerpt a portion and then tell your readers to click on the link for the rest.

Thank you.

Argent said...

Will do. Correcting it now.