“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity
We all like to be appreciated. It feels good when someone notices when we’ve done a good job. Bosses, as a rule, are certainly not required to thank us for doing our job, but the recognition is nice when they take the time to do so. It’s especially nice [and helpful] to receive appreciative feedback, when deserved.
Constantly being hammered over the head about how inept we are does little to change behavior. That said, it is important to correct when this situation occurs. Just make sure that’s not all you’re doing. Give some positive feedback too.
Like any habit, it takes practice. Practice incorporating appreciation into your day and see what happens. It is a mindset and an action. Are you thankful for the good things in your life, when things go well, the people who help you out daily?
Here are some ways to show your appreciation to employees and coworkers, taken from this leadership article.'
- Praise something your coworker has done well. Identify the specific actions that you found admirable.
- Say ‘thank you.’ Show your appreciation for their hard work and contributions. And, don't forget to say please often as well. Social niceties do belong at work. A more gracious, polite workplace is appreciated by all.
- Ask your coworkers about their family, their hobby, their weekend or a special event they attended. Your genuine interest - as opposed to being nosey – causes people to feel valued and cared about.
- Offer staff members flexible scheduling for the holidays, if feasible. If work coverage is critical, post a calendar so people can balance their time off with that of their coworkers.
- Almost everyone appreciates food. Take coworkers or staff to lunch for a birthday, a special occasion or for no reason at all. Let your guest pick the restaurant.
Take your RAW-Q today.