This is the translated version. The original text is in German.
Not complained is praised enough: This old saying describes a principle that is deeply rooted in German culture and can all too often be observed in everyday life. It is better to see what went wrong and who is responsible for the mistake than to pay someone a (possibly) unjustified compliment.
All this already starts in schools. Performance is measured by who commits the fewest mistakes. However, it does not count at all who has proven to be a particularly helpful schoolmate. Because such social benefits are naturally more difficult to quantify. So it is easier not to take them into account in the first place. However, I have doubts whether the high school graduate with top marks but low social skills really becomes a better doctor than the sensitive high school graduate with shortcomings in English and Latin.
Fear and stress slow down productivity
There’s no doubt about it: it’s enormously important to learn from mistakes and thus improve. But it is just as important to strengthen strengths – whether in school or at work. Because too much deficit orientation is in itself just that: a deficit. And it can even cause economic deficits. Because the result is less productive employees. After all, fear, stress and negative thoughts limit the brain’s ability to perform. These are the findings of the positive psychology, as summarized by an in-company psychologist of TÜV Rheinland.
I find it interesting how much a positive basic mood contributes to the company’s success if you believe in her findings. More creativity, more resilience, less burnout – all this results from the satisfaction of employees. And, as those responsible for finance will be happy to know, compliments usually cost nothing but the effort of just thinking about them. If you don’t have a boss who succeeds in doing so, positive psychology also has a tip for you: simply compliment yourself.