“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well”- Voltaire
We all have our own unique ways of showing appreciation for the people around us that make our lives easier or brighten our day in some other way ... Whether it is your employee, nanny, spouse, boss or even a kind stranger, make sure you show how valuable their positive impact in your life is for you. If someone challenged you to get out of your comfort zone and meet a goal, especially during the holiday season, remember to appreciate what they have done for you. Get creative with the ways you say “Thank you!”
Did you know a Harris Interactive survey on behalf of recruiting company Glassdoor found that 53% of employees would stay at their company longer if they felt more appreciation from their boss? In addition, 81% said they’re motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work.
All of us appreciate it when we are thanked for our contributions and it feels great when we feel valued. When we feel appreciated, it encourages us to continue to strive to reach our goals and improve our performance.
I would like to share some of my favorite ideas for ways that you can show that you care …
- Write a Thank You note. It is always rewarding when someone takes the time to say thank you. We recommend that you handwrite the note and not just go with the easy (but sometimes impersonal feeling) email
- Invite the person you appreciate to dinner, ice skating, to watch a movie, anything you know they would love; but haven’t had the time for yet …
- Compliment something in public, something they always do well, even though it might be part of their job. Recognition is always important for encouraging them to keep up the good work
- A genuine, meaningful and heartfelt “Thank you” speaks volumes
- If a coworker did something remarkable, let your boss know the about her contribution
- Tell your boss how thankful you are for working with him/her
- Bake goods or bring flowers for them
- Your children especially appreciate your approval and knowing they are appreciated in your eyes. Your appreciation will make them believe in their own abilities & will teach them to show appreciation to others
- Say “Thank You” all the time … even to yourself!
These are only a few ideas for showing your appreciation; but the possibilities are limitless, you can always take a moment to show your appreciation … all year long!