Flattery may get you somewhere with employees
In a series of experiments with college students, researcher Roos Vonk of the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands found that participants generally liked their admirers regardless of whether they thought the compliments were true.
"Flattery works because it feels good when you're being flattered, even if you know that the flattering comments may not be entirely accurate," Vonk told Reuters Health.
People's moods, self-esteem and desire to like those complimenting are probably factors affecting whether flattery strikes home. But bottom line: it's hard to beat the feel-good aspect of a personal compliment, says Vonk.