Attention Bosses and Managers: March 1 is World Compliment Day

Los Angeles, CA, February 27, 2013 --( After 10 successful editions of “National Compliment Day” in the Netherlands, the creators have expanded the day to encompass the world. "World Compliment Day" takes place March 1. Dr. Noelle Nelson, author of Make More Money By Making Your Employees Happy (Amazon, $7.99), sees the day as a good reminder for bosses and managers about the importance of appreciation in the workplace.

"A Jackson Organization study shows companies that effectively acknowledge employee value by, for example, giving them compliments, see a return that is more than triple the return of companies that don't," says Nelson."Giving heart-felt compliments to your employees has significant impact on how employees view their work, It's human nature. When someone compliments us, we feel good about ourselves. A compliment given by a boss often prompts us to work a little harder. And from strictly a business standpoint, compliments can improve productivity and a business' bottom line."

The initiative, in contrast to Valentine's Day, Secretaries' Day, and Mother and Father's Days, is not commercially oriented, so everyone can afford to participate. "‘World Compliment Day’ simply addresses the basic human need for recognition and appreciation," says Hans Poortvliet, recognition professional and the driving force behind the annual event in the Netherlands. "Everybody gains emotionally. And therein lies its power."

March 1 is about consciously reflecting on what someone does well and letting that person know that his or her efforts are appreciated. "A sincere and personal compliment costs nothing, but the impact on the recipient is huge," says Poortvliet. "Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy, makes people happier and, as far as business is concerned, increases commitment and loyalty faster than sincere appreciation. So why not use it a little bit more?"

Poortvliet hopes that on March 1, every person pays at least three people a genuine compliment. "If we can do that, it will definitely create the most positive day in the world!” says Poortvliet.

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Dr. Noelle Nelson
Diane Rumbaugh