A new study conducted at the Harvard Business School has found that, when praised for past accomplishments, people tend to perform better at problem-solving tasks. The psychological trick is better known as “best-self activation,” and motivates people to reach the high standards they were once known, but only if they’ve recently been complimented on them. The findings are especially applicable when thinking of employee evaluations. The researchers argue that focusing on a worker’s accomplishments may ultimately lead to a brighter future for them at the workplace.
Complimenting People Makes Them Better Problem-Solvers