“A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.” -Author Unknown
It seems so logical, obvious and easy, yet it seems to be one of the biggest misses in corporate America.
Appreciation by definition in Merriam Webster Dictionary is as follows:
- a feeling of being grateful for something
- an ability to understand the worth, quality, or importance of something : an ability to appreciate something
- full awareness or understanding of something
I find most places I visit that leaders tend to overlook the value of appreciation and place little to no stock in utilizing appreciation techniques.
Employees who feel someone is grateful for their contributions will want to deliver more.
Employees who feel as though they are worth something, will strive to prove their value day in and day out.
Employees who feel important will produce their best work!
Employee engagement starts with appreciation. I urge all managers to take a step back and think about when the last time they made their employees feel important and worth something and when you showed you are grateful for ALL that they do!