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Gen Y Craves More Praise at Work

Do You Crave Office Praise?

There have been columns popping up left and right regarding how demanding Gen Y is, and the newest observation is that we need and expect constant praise because our egos were over-stroked as kids. It's an interesting observation, but I'm left wondering whether or not it's true. Most Millennial focused articles I've read set us up as a group that's needy all around, but the praise issue is one that's more difficult to measure than, say, wanting more work perks. Do you fit in to this praise-craving crowd?


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carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i do like praise, i'll admit it. i don't go trolling for it, though... i work my ass off, and my boss is very nice about thanking me for extra effort/telling me when i've done really well. i like knowing that my extra effort is making a difference in the work my team puts out, and is appreciated.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
I do want to say though, I was an assistant kindergarten teacher in college, and I think over-praising kids is just lazy parenting! I think educators and hopefully parents are doing things a lot differently now, so it'll be interesting to see what the Millenium Institute thinks of the next generation. It's a lot of, "I really like the variety of color you put in this picture, it's very bright! However, I can tell you didn't spend a lot of time on this because there isn't much detail, maybe you'd like to finish drawing the cat?" But we still got parents who would come in and pick up something the kid scribbled in 5 seconds and be like, "HONNNEY THIS IS THE BEST THING I'VE SEEN IN MY WHOLE LIFE!!!!! This is going on the refrigerator RIGHT away! I told your dad you were the next kiddie Picasso!!!!"
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
I would say it's less that I just want to hear praise, and more that I want to do a great job. If I hear praise, I except it's because I'm doing well, so yeah, I crave that. But praise for praise's sake? A week ago I stayed at work until 2am with my boss, and left exhausted, we had been putting in 12-16 hour days all week long. When I was driving home, she left me a voicemail thanking me for my hard work, and the fact that she could count on me, etc. Maybe it is needy, but it would be awfully hard for anyone to work very hard, or accomplish very much and not feel like it was worth it. I was so tired of course I started crying when I heard the message, but it's things like that that make me willing to put in more long days!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
it's not that i crave the praise but i think that sometimes it's deesrved. when i don't get it after doign a project and i know that i've done a good job- i get upset. with the people i manage, i make sur to let them know that they are doinga good job or make usre that there's some positive reinforcement so that they dont want to quit.
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
The only praise I need is in the form of a Raise!
nancita nancita 9 years
I think I'm actually needier in my personal life when it comes to praise!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
Maybe sometimes but I don't even like attention so I probably would feel uncomfortable if I got praised a lot.
princessjaslew princessjaslew 9 years
its nice to have that little ego-booster once in a while. but to get it all the time, makes you wonder if you really are good or its something else.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
It's always nice once in awhile to hear a "good job."
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I just wanted to add that, conversely, I expect to also be told when I'm doing something that's not "up to par." I've heard that if you are working for a good leader, you will not have any surprises come review time.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I do expect praise when I have made an accomplishment- and not only for the accomplishments that save the company $500K or similar. My boss does a great job at praising me when I have really advanced my knowledge of something.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I just need to be told that I am doing a good job. I know that I am respected but it is nice to hear everyonce in a while not just at review time.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Not really praise but if I am working hard as always and I would like a thank you ever now and then.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I expect a thank-you if I helped get a huge report out by deadline. But if I ordered a book for someone, I don't care if they say thanks or not.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Not really. I actually blush when I do get praise. I was raised to just do my job and not to expect praise every single time I did something worthy of it.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
Only big ones.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
It depends. If I have to do something I don't want to, then I would like a Thank You once in a while. But if I love doing it then I don't need any of that.
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