Do you compliment your co-workers?

  1. What do you usually compliment your co-workers on?
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Sometimes I do, mainly if they have done a difficult job ie dealt with awful relatives/friends or patients especially if newly qualified and it helps boost their moral/spirit. Such a boost if you can say well done
  4. by   TheCommuter
    In the stress of the moment, I typically fail to compliment my coworkers. I definitely don't compliment them nearly as much as I probably should. However, I always thank them if they are helping me or going out of their way to assist me in getting a tough feat accomplished at work. I give help and assistance whenever I am free to do so, and I certainly love to receive help.

    That's what teamwork is all about, because the sum of a team is greater than its individual members.
  5. by   Katnip
    I do. Whether it's a tech, a nurse, a doc, or a different department. If they've done something well, are particularly proficient, etc.

    Once, I overheard a doctor in the ED telling a patient his tests showed positive for severe lung cancer. Up until then the patient hadn't had any symptoms. He was also out of town visiting family. The doc handled a bad situation, so when we both had a moment, I told him that I thought he handled things extremely well, given that it's very hard to deliver news like that.

    The doc just beamed. He said nobody ever compliments the docs on anything. He said that's the nicest thing a colleague had ever done for him. And yes, he used the word colleague.
  6. by   november17
    I try to go out of my way to compliment my coworkers. Especially the nurse aides I work with if it has been a rough night. I don't compliment them on everything, only when I really mean it and am sincere. There is this other nurse I work with that is always super complimentary; to the point where she comes off as being really fakey most of the time, even though I think she really does mean it.
  7. by   loricatus
    How well they handled a difficult patient or situation, a particular method that they may use that makes the job easier, a nice pair of scrubs, something they are wearing or have done that makes them appear 'improved' that day, for noticing that they have gone out of their way for someone... I, too, try to notice things and frequently offer compliments-it just seems to make a difficult situation better to deal with when you can try to find the good parts in it.
  8. by   CHATSDALE
    yes, not to be sexist but i think that more females do this than males
    if someone has gone out of their way to help you, or if they have a very difficult patient and they handle it well, if tjey look esp nice that day, new hairdo etc i think that they deserve a pat on the back
  9. by   SarasotaRN2b
    I definitely try to...I admire a lot of the people I work with and I try to compliment them on how they may handle a certain situation or just how I admire a nurse's overall professionalism. I do, however, make sure they are sincere though.

    Kris
  10. by   leslie :-D
    my colleagues are a very supportive bunch.
    we truly work together:
    help ea other out and give pats on the back for jobs well done.
    i'm very lucky.

    leslie
  11. by   RNview
    Not a lot of people where I work compliments anybody when I started working there. From the management down to the housekeeping. It was so sad 'coz everybody works hard, and not even a little word of appreciation was said. I decided to show them that it's ok to compliment each other for the job well done. The first person who noticed? Our chaplain. So she and I worked together to recognize everyone who did an excellent job. We write them a letter of appreciation, a copy goes to the manager, then the manager pass it to the admin. then the person's name shows up in the newsletter under the lists of the MVP. The next thing I know, it becomes a norm in our unit. I'm glad it broke the ice. It helps build a good relationship with colleagues and build a good team work! With all the stress we are experiencing at work, it's always helps to hear words of encouragement and appreciation. It doesn't only help for Patient satisfaction, it's certainly good for Nurse Satisfaction too.
  12. by   bigsyis
    Quote from loricatus
    How well they handled a difficult patient or situation, a particular method that they may use that makes the job easier, a nice pair of scrubs, something they are wearing or have done that makes them appear 'improved' that day, for noticing that they have gone out of their way for someone... I, too, try to notice things and frequently offer compliments-it just seems to make a difficult situation better to deal with when you can try to find the good parts in it.
    Absolutely!
    The one thing that irritates me about myself is when I notice something that I want to compliment someone about but the time isn't right. For example, he/she is engaged with another person, very busy, etc. I make a mental note to compliment them the next time we have a second. Whaddya know-the seconds tick by, and another busy day is done. On the 1 hr. drive home, or when I go to bed at night, ! THEN it comes to me.:uhoh21: I try now to be more attentive and to deliver compliments in a more timely manner.
  13. by   mom2michael
    We have a board and we use it to "thank" one another for the tasks we do each day. We are a small, fairly tight knit ER, so these words are awesome.....especially if you've had a crappy shift or 2. It's so nice to come in and see a BIG Thank You on the wall.......

    Our manager takes these once a month and puts them in for a drawing. We usually win $10 gift cards to places like Wal-Mart or McDonalds. Sometimes it's a goofy present like a tub of bubble gum......she tries to mix it up though to keep us laughing. One month was a free cooler with a GC to a local establishment that allowed us to fill up our cooler with our choice of beverage. It was great.
  14. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from mom2michael
    We have a board and we use it to "thank" one another for the tasks we do each day. We are a small, fairly tight knit ER, so these words are awesome.....especially if you've had a crappy shift or 2. It's so nice to come in and see a BIG Thank You on the wall.......

    Our manager takes these once a month and puts them in for a drawing. We usually win $10 gift cards to places like Wal-Mart or McDonalds. Sometimes it's a goofy present like a tub of bubble gum......she tries to mix it up though to keep us laughing. One month was a free cooler with a GC to a local establishment that allowed us to fill up our cooler with our choice of beverage. It was great.
    i think that is awesome.
    what a great way to keep morale up.
    thank you!

    leslie

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