Jeff Zazlow follows up on his Most Praised Generation Goes to Work column today in Moving On:
Mr. Pounds says he came to some realizations: Unearned praise is condescending and destructive, incentives become entitlements and “we’ve ruined our kids” by celebrating mediocrity.
Mr. Pounds contacted me in response to my recent Weekend Journal article on praise in today’s workplace. It explained how companies are celebrating young employees by throwing confetti at them, passing out “applause notes” and giving them kudos just for coming to work on time. The article drew attention from bloggers, talk-radio hosts, and a slew of emailing readers. Advice was sharp! In Praise of Less Praise – WSJ.com