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5 Benefits Of Celebrating ‘World Compliment Day’ At The Workplace

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Last Updated on 29 November, 2023

Has anyone ever genuinely complimented you, and it made your day? Or have you ever sincerely complimented anyone, and it filled your's and their's heart with positivity?

Well, compliments can leave a deep impact on one's life. It can fill one's heart and give a boost to advance in life.

Thus, World Compliment Day brings an opportunity to create a positive and encouraging work environment. Recognizing and acknowledging colleagues' hard work and achievements through compliments can promote employee morale and enrich productivity at its best.



World Compliment Day is celebrated every March 1 to spread joy through positive affirmations of simple appreciation.

Hans Poortvliet, a recognized professional in the Netherlands, who came up with the idea to celebrate this day. The origin can be traced back to 2000 when he started this initiative in his own country. And, the success left him wondering if making it worldwide instead of national would eventually turn it into "The Most Positive Day in The World."

Mr. Poortvliet believed that if every person took the time to sincerely compliment three people in their life, each town, city, or country across the globe, it would be much closer to the goal. It is easier for anyone and everyone to participate in this event by going to the website (worldcomplimentday.info).

From the beginning of the year, we celebrate Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc, to cherish love and bonds, but they are more commercialized. Poortvliet urged people to give compliments and leave notes of appreciation in words only, not in gifts.

Words have great power, and the reason behind this initiative is that everyone comes forward and shares some kind words. It will only cost a little bit of virtuous intent as words work divinely.

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Importance Of This Day


World Compliment Day is meaningful at work as it promotes employee health, positivity, teamwork, enhancing morale, relationships, productivity, and retention. It allows colleagues to recognize and appreciate one another's efforts and contributions.

Appreciation and recognition which is the foundation for organizational growth in today's time. The intention behind celebrating this day lies in the emotional win for both the giver and taker of compliments.

Hans Poortvliet says, "A sincere and personal compliment costs nothing, but the impact on the recipient is huge. Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy, makes people happier, and, as far as business is concerned, increases productivity and commitment faster than sincere appreciation. So why not use it a little bit more?"

So, March 1st is all about consciously letting people know they are sincerely being appreciated for their good deeds. Even at the workplace, a culture of appreciation must be cultivated to fuel employees' spirits.

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Why Observe It At The Workplace?

Complimenting is vital for creating an emotionally, mentally, and spiritually stable work environment. It also can deeply impact one's heart and cognitive health. And taking care of both is the motto of any modern working environment globally.

A motivated employee is a happy employee.

And a happy employee is someone who enjoys working; such a person is valuable to the organization. Here are some of the benefits of giving compliments at work on employee's well-being and performance factors;

1. Enhances Performance


The secret of every engaged employee is happiness at work. If employees enjoy themselves at work, they become more productive creative and show longer retention at work. They can tackle even the most difficult situation with ease and remain cool.

The problem arises when employees feel unappreciated, which affects their performance. But, if you keep them mentally, emotionally, and intellectually robust, they tend to remain in their best self at work. Hence, an employee engagement platform is crucial for every organization.

Vantage Circle, provides the platform for your employers to recognize the efforts of their employees on public feeds.

2. Lowers Absenteeism


Absenteeism can cost a lot to the organization and its employees. And the best way to reduce absenteeism is by providing employees effective feedback, especially when they've done something well. If you never compliment, your workforce may feel unacknowledged and, therefore, notice they're not at work.

So, to enhance employees' well-being at work, compliment them timely. Make them feel good for their hard work and dedication, uplift their emotional agility, and help them grow professionally.

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3. Improves Relationships With Team Members

When you appreciate your team, it boosts their morale and productivity. It also creates an optimistic ripple at the workplace. If employees are complemented more often for their good work, they will remain more engaged.

The culture of appreciation must be promoted in every workplace. Sharing positive feedback and thanks should be a day-to-day activity. Making simple efforts can leave behind a great impact on both personal and professional levels.

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4. Promote Mental Well-being And Behavioral Health


Complimenting or appreciating is an exchange of vibrational energy. And, at organizations, everyone must carry a good vibe to create a great place to work. The following are the benefits of compliment on one's mental and behavioral health benefits:

  • It can improve moods
  • People who express positive emotions in their life are shown to be happier overall
  • It lowers stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • It makes one more optimistic in life

5. Enhances Workplace Positivity


A positive office is created with people who are willing to celebrate life at every moment. Workplace positivity is related to the promotion of a culture of growth. Every employee likes to participate and perform better where equal opportunities exist.

A positive workplace gives importance to employees' financial, mental, physical, spiritual, and intellectual well-being. And for that, an all-in-one corporate wellness to keep them engaged, appreciated, and provided with incentives for completing their tasks is crucial.

Workplaces that promote physical wellness are the ones that excel. Good physical fitness has a lot to do with a healthy mind. And, to practice the culture of compliments can only be prevalent among physically, emotionally, and mentally agile employees.

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How To celebrate?


  • You can provide employees with a wellness gift hamper.
  • Put a card on everyone's desk with a gratitude quote on March 1st.
  • Spread awareness on social media about the impact of the culture of compliments on employee's mental and behavioral health.
  • Send your employees appreciation cards and messages on employee engagement platforms.
  • Organize health and wellness campaigns and challenges to encourage them to stay physically and mentally fit.


Some Compliments For Your Employees

  1. "Great job today. I love working with you!"
  2. "Your energy is infectious!"
  3. "You're so kind that you make everyone around you a better person."
  4. "I love how you can turn even the most difficult problems into something simple."
  5. "I wish I had half of the strength you have."
  6. "Your creativity is praiseworthy!"
  7. "I love how you decorated your desk, and it gives a positive vibe."
  8. "I am a fan of your work."
  9. "You set such a good example for your teammates."
  10. "You're irreplaceable."
  11. "It's too bad every boss can't be like you."
  12. "I love your aura and confidence, and can you send the same energy my way?"
  13. "You're so kind; everyone instantly feels like your friend."
  14. "I wish I could figure out the most difficult tasks as quickly as you do."
  15. "I'm proud of how far you have come and for never giving up."

Quotes For World Compliment Day


I just think it's silly to be stingy with compliments. If you see someone and they strike you as beautiful in any way, why not let them know? –Jill Scott


Truth is simply a compliment paid to sentences seen to be paying their way. -Richard Rorty


You know when sunlight first touches your skin and it feels warm and tingly all over? That's what it feels like when a compliment touches your heart. – Richelle E. Goodrich


A compliment is verbal sunshine. – Robert Orben


The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. –Henry David Thoreau


No compliment can be eloquent, except as an expression of indifference. -George Eliot


I can live for two months on a good compliment. –Mark Twain


The power in a sincere compliment is enormous. There is nothing that makes people feel more special than to have their finer traits noted and appreciated. –Debra Fine


It's nice to compliment people on what they're wearing, but don't make insincere compliments. –Letitia Baldrige


It's always the compliments from people you love that mean so much. – Maria Bamford


It's very inexpensive to give a compliment. -Joyce Meyer


If people did not compliment one another there would be very little society. –Luc de Clapiers


The best advice is often the compliments received, and they are often about an associate who did something exceptional. I tell my teams that it's the random acts of kindness, the unexpected, that people remember most. – Barry Sternlicht

Final Words

The compliment is a powerful everyday tool. Unfortunately, it is greatly underutilized by many leaders and managers. However, it can be as simple as promoting employees’ overall wellness and personal growth.

Therefore, show your gratitude towards people for making genuine efforts to create a great workplace that everyone admires.

This article is written by Parismita Goswami who is a content writer and marketer at Vantage Circle. A feverish poet and cinephile with an intense taste for music, specifically rock, she has the heart of an explorer, learner, and is a lover of the Himalayas. To get in touch, reach out to editor@vantagecircle.com

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