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Yes, It’s Personal

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Have you ever gotten an “attaboy” or “attagirl” that just left you feeling flat?Encouragement

The most common reason why appreciation misses the mark is simple: the person expressing acknowledgment failed to understand what’s meaningful to the person they’re acknowledging.

Unfortunately, when appreciation feels inauthentic, it creates disengagement instead of motivation.  We’ve all received acknowledgment like that, and so we know from personal experience how it leaves us feeling unseen, misunderstood, and weirdly unappreciated. (more…)

Day-to-Day Appreciation

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Most people think of appreciation in terms of recognizing special achievement.  When a team meets a goal, when an individual goes above and beyond to make a difference – these are things we typically feel worthy of acknowledgment and reward.

It’s obvious that achievements should be celebrated.  Yet there are many day-to-day opportunities to recognize the unique value that we all bring to every situation we’re in.  And it’s those ongoing day-to-day acknowledgements that bring teams together, foster collaboration, and create sustainable success that everyone in the organization can feel proud of. (more…)

Ideas for Demonstrating Kindness in the Workplace

Monday, December 14th, 2009

From www.helpothers.org, used with permission.

• Take flowers to work and share them with coworkers.
• Write a note to the boss of someone who has helped you, praising the employee.
• Leave enough money in the vending machine for the next person to get a free treat. (Tape the change
   and a Smile card* tag to the machine)
• Have a food drive, ask employees to bring nonperishable food items to donate to food bank.
• Get to work before others and leave a piece of candy, brownie, fruit, flower, etc. at every desk attached
   with a Smile card.
• Leave a cake or other food item in a central area anonymously with a Thank-You note.
• Appreciate a co-worker by giving them a gift of service. For example, instead of a tie for birthday or
   Christmas, make a contribution to sponsor a cataract surgery in a developing country. Attach a note
   explaining how their gift affects someone else’s life.
• Gather a group of your colleagues and take them to a fundraiser.
• Email an article about an act of kindness to your group every week.
• Give your manager or co-worker a thought-provoking book.
• Print an inspiring story and put it on your work bulletin board.
• Buy a cup of coffee or snack for someone who’s having a long day.

*Smile Cards are markers of a newfangled game of tag, where “you’re it” because someone has done something nice for you. Then it’s your turn to do something nice for someone else and, in the process, pass the card along. 

Helpothers.org is a portal dedicated to small acts of kindness. There you will find inspirational stories & articles documenting acts of kindness, downloadable Smile card designs and much more!  www.helpothers.org

Need help in this area?  Franklin Covey’s A Grander Goal shows how — through forgiveness and optimism — one man was able to change the lives of poor, unemployed young men in Uganda. 

 

Showing Appreciation – Training Activity

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Introduce the activity by discussing the importance of being appreciative and how it can make a positive impact on job satisfaction, relationships with others and the overall work environment. This information can be delivered via lecture or drawn out through group discussion. Either way, the following points should be made:

  • • When you appreciate what you have, instead of dwelling on what you don’t have, you stay in a more positive frame of mind. You tend to be happier and others want to be around you.
  • • When you take the time to thank someone for doing a good job, they are likely to perform at the same level — or do even better — next time. (Studies show that recognition — not money — is the true motivator of productivity.) 
  • • In workplaces where people show appreciation to one another, there are fewer situations where people feel taken for granted. As a result, there is less dissatisfaction and resentment.
  • • Being appreciative of others (and what they contribute to the organization) is a sign of respect.

Have group members think about a time when someone went out of their way to show them appreciation. How did it make them feel? How did they react? If time allows, have participants share their answers with the group.

Next, have group members think about what/who they should be grateful for (in the context of their job) and how they should show it. Pass out a worksheet containing the following:

Be Appreciative Worksheet

Use the table below to help you show appreciation for the people around you who make it possible for you to do what you do at work.

Who

Take Action

By When

Identify co-workers or colleagues who are responsible for making things go well at work

How can you show them your appreciation?

Set a deadline for when you will do this.

Example: Ashley – she always helps me get my shipments out on time.

Make a special trip to her work area. Tell her how much I appreciate her help.

By end of the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optional Follow-Up:  Reassemble the group after they’ve had time to complete the actions they’ve identified. Ask them to share: What reactions did they receive? How did showing appreciation to others make them feel?

Based on material in the Leader’s Guide for the CRM Learning program, Start Right…Stay Right: Orientation Basics

Need help in this area? Encouraging the Heart uses a variety of real world examples to illustrate how important (and easy) it is to recognize the contributions of others.


 

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