“I can live for two months on a good compliment.” – Mark Twain
There is nothing like getting a sincere “thank you” for a job well done. A little appreciation goes a long way. Why, some of us even collect thank-you cards, savoring them from year to year and re-reading them when our spirits need a lift.
The giving and receiving of recognition is important, to show just how much you value the contributions of others.
There are many ways to recognize effort and accomplishment, from saying a simple “thank you” and sending a handwritten thank-you note, to celebrating accomplishment with a formal ceremony.
When you see excellence, let others know you appreciate it. Also, it is important to celebrate team accomplishments, such as working safely every day.
If people are a genuine source of pride, make sure they know it.
Start by seeking out the very people you have the privilege to work with and ask them to come up with ways that would make recognition meaningful to them.
Look for specific ways to recognize and celebrate:
• Excellent performance and achievement of performance goals
• Exceptional customer service
• Long-serving employees
• Volunteerism for key projects
• Active community service
• Promotion of diversity and shaping a positive culture
• Fresh ideas and innovations
• Teamwork and collaboration
• Learning and development
• Ownership of mistakes and demonstrating responsibility
• Demonstrating core values
• Significant life events such as graduations, birthdays, marriage, births, anniversaries, graduations, retirements, as well as illness and death
While there are several ways to recognize and appreciate others, genuine appreciation is the only form that anyone values. Seek to discover what feels good and is right for the person and the occasion.
Then, follow through by expressing your genuine, heartfelt appreciation. If appreciation is not coming from a genuine place, don’t fake it.
Do tell, what is your favourite way of giving and receiving appreciation?