Can you recall a time recently when you showed appreciation to an employee or co-worker?
“Appreciation can create an organizational culture in which appreciation and positive energy are the norms rather than the exceptions, a culture in which people feel valued for their work and help those around to do the same,” said Ari Weinzweig, Co-Founder of Zingerman’s.
You may think because you pay your people and give them benefits, they feel appreciated, but appreciation is much more than that. Ways to show appreciation can include:
• Appreciations at Meetings: Spend a few minutes at the end of each meeting for everyone to share ways they appreciate others. They can be about anything or anyone; in the room or not in the room; work-related or not; past, present or future. This leaves staff with a positive attitude as they return to work.
• 4 to 1 Rule: When giving feedback, frame it as four parts praise for one part constructive criticism. Praise shows you notice when things go well, constructive criticism teaches how they can be more effective.
• Going the Extra Mile: Do something unexpected—leave a positive note on their computer screen, buy them a coffee, mail them a card, etc.
• “3 and Out” Rule: If you’re having a rough day, positive appreciation is the easiest way to turn things around. Find at least three people that you haven’t fully appreciated as you should have, and then quickly let them know that you do. This leaves both of you feeling good.
There are MANY other ways you can show appreciation to others in your workplace. Find more ideas at: zingtrain.com/article/a-culture-of -positive-appreciation.
This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s February 2021 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.