20-40-60 Etiquette---Are congratulations in order?
By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace
QUESTION: My office sometimes gives “employee” of the month awards. This month I won it. Several people emailed me congratulations, and I remembered that I did not do that for others who had won during the year. It did not occur to me.
My question: Is it appropriate to offer congratulations in the workplace when there are others around who did not “win?”
CALLIE’S ANSWER: It is not about “winning” when these employee of the month awards are given. It is more about recognition regarding someone’s efforts or successes. Offering a “good job!” or “Congratulations” is very nice and thoughtful!
LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: I wouldn’t get caught up in who did or did not congratulate you or whom you have congratulated – or not – in the past. These awards are nice recognition for a job well done, but any additional emails from individuals add a layer of thoughtfulness and are not required. Of course it’s appropriate to celebrate the successes of your coworkers, and in a healthy work environment, people will cheer for others’ accomplishments. Moving forward, use this as a good reminder as a way to foster goodwill in the workplace and offer your own congratulations.
HELEN’S ANSWER: It is so nice to be recognized for a job well done. Congratulate your co-worker with great enthusiasm and continue to keep encouraging those around you. It makes a better workplace to have the support of co-workers.
GUEST’S ANSWER: Alan Herzberger, Vice President of Audience Development, The Oklahoman Media Company: Certainly. I would encourage anyone to celebrate the success of a co-worker, whether privately or publicly. I can’t see why a simple congratulatory message would be inappropriate.
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for... Read more ›
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman Read more ›
Callie Athey is 20-something and is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked in various positions, ranging from Event Coordinator to Environmental Health and Safety Assistant. Currently, Callie is an Executive Assistant to a... Read more ›