Jsut listened to the feedback podcast last night - great podcast. I thought about last night, who I could give feedback to and about what when I got to work today. I did 3 first thing this morning - 2 positive, 1 raising a concern. Even the positive was stressful. You are right, when I asked if I could talk about something, they immediately got concerned and the look of relief on their face when all I did was say thanks for doing x and keep up the good work was noticable. Still have a few more to go that I planned. I hope this gets easier!
I assume the reason you say you should ask permission for positive feedback is so they don't always hear the "permission question" followed by negative. Right?
I say thank you all the time when someone sends me something via email. Am I right in thinking that I should not send the thank you in an email but instead say it to them verbally (after asking permission) later that day when I see them in person? We only have 15 people so I do see everyone at some point every day.
I will continue to try and do this although I don't think I can follow your rule of saying something 5x per day. They will think I lost my mind! Or maybe that is ok.