Giving Props to Your Co-Workers

Author: Larry Woods on 10/13/2014

Building positive working relationships with your colleague is important, but spending 40 plus hours a week, every week, with the same people isn’t always easy. With the ups and downs that can come with the daily grind there’s bound to be some internal conflict.

Here at WiredViews we participate in what we call “props” sessions to make sure that the hard work of our peers doesn’t go unnoticed. What started as a recommendation from a colleague turned into a weekly ritual in which “props” are kept track of throughout the week by jotting down positive (and sometimes humorous) notes which are collected in our prop jar and read aloud at the end of the week. Not only does prop time create some laughs, but it also reinforces our appreciation of one another and helps to strengthen the family atmosphere in our office.

Stress, conflict, increased sick days, decreased productivity, and turnover are just a few of the things that can happen when people don’t feel appreciated in the work place. And while it’s easy to point out flaws, pointing out positive contributions can often go overlooked. That’s why it’s important to take some time and think about some of the positive things that your teammates have done and let them know about it. So next time one of your colleagues does something good, don’t forget to give them some props.