While extremely simple, there is an art and science to giving meaningful High Fives.
Here is our cheat sheet for high fiving like a boss:
- Focus on the small things: It isn’t always the big wins or gestures that merit appreciation. Look around and you’ll likely notice dozens of small moments worth celebrating. It could be someone’s demeanor, or their attention to detail.
What to do: @Maria, I really admire how you take such interest in everyone’s well-being.
- Be Specific: General high fives are less meaningful for the recipient. What specifically did your co-worker do that was so awesome? People want to know what they did that got your attention.
What to do: @Courtney great job writing that research-backed blog post - the research elements that you included were extremely relevant to the feature we were highlighting.
What not to do: @Courtney great job writing that blog post!
- Include the Impact: Sharing the impact your co-worker had on you makes recognition twice as meaningful. Don’t only thank them for what they did, also share the impact it had on you personally or professionally!
What to do: @Shane you did a great job speaking about 15Five at the conference this weekend. You articulated our “why” in an inspiring manner which left prospects interested in learning more about our product!
What not to do: @Shane you did a great job speaking about 15Five at the conference this weekend.
After you’ve written an amazing high five, you’ll have the option to send it privately or publicly. Keep your audience in mind before your click Send. Some people like to be recognized privately, while others like to be recognized publicly.
Remember, recognition should be both timely and frequent! For additional resources on High Fives, click here.
Another interesting read: What Parenting Teaches Us About Employee Recognition.
Happy high fiving!