by Karlin Sloan
“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 our hard work. And, while a boss doesn’t have to thank us for doing our job, his or her recognition builds morale and engagement.
Constant criticism does little to change behavior. In fact, it can have the opposite effect. A good employee who is trying his or her best can actually freeze. Of course, you want to correct mistakes, just make sure that’s not all you’re doing. And, definitely, give positive feedback when the situation is corrected or you notice good work.
Like any habit, it takes practice. Try to give authentic appreciation daily and see what happens. There’s a lot to be grateful for. Are you thankful for the good things in your life, when things go well, the people who help you out daily? Appreciation is a mindset and an action. Use it.
Here are five ways to show your appreciation to employees and coworkers.
- Praise something a coworker or employee 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 belong at work. A more gracious, polite workplace is appreciated by all.
- Ask your colleagues or employees about their family, their hobbies, their weekend or a special event they attended. Your genuine interest – as opposed to being nosey – is just plain human. It 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 coworkers can balance time off with each other.
- 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.
Karlin Sloan is an author, speaker, impassioned CEO and founder of leadership development and executive coaching firm, Karlin Sloan & Company providing organization development consulting, training and executive coaching to clients in the U.S., South America and Asia. Find out more at www.karlinsloan.com. Take your RAW-Q today.