I can live for two months on a good compliment.
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
You, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.
David (Psalm 62:5, 12)
Several years ago Dr. Frederick Herzberg, professor of management at the University of Utah, set out to discover what factors encouraged employees and what factors discouraged them. As he studied workers in a variety of settings, he found that despite the diverse situations, specific factors emerged clearly as the top encouragers. In the Harvard Business Review, he listed them.
The top encourager Dr. Herzberg discovered: Achievement.
The second greatest encourager: Recognition.1
Doing something well — and then being recognized for it — there is no greater motivator. The sweetness of heaven will be, in part, hearing the words of the one for whom we have worked say, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" Yet these top two human energizers — achievement and recognition ...1