Appreciation Produces Results!

I imagine that some of you are skeptical that appreciation produces results. You might even interpret this as the workplace equivalent of all teams get a blue ribbon, just for participating; there are no winners or losers. Banish the thought! That is the wrong analogy.

Theodore Roosevelt said “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

There’s a shift happening in the work place. 20th-century tactics of leading by fear and intimidation simply do not work anymore.

Fortunately, the shift I’ve noticed is for the better. When leaders show they care as much about the people around them as realizing their organization’s vision, that organization becomes more successful and profitable.

Why? The research I’ve parsed shows that deliberate appreciation in the work place has benefits:

  • People are more motivated.
  • People see what behavior is valued and rewarded.
  • Positive emotions correlate with greater productivity and innovation.

If you are like most leaders, your heart is moved when you realize the efforts that your peers and employees make on behalf of your organization. Remember, they have other life responsibilities as spouses, Dads, Moms, family members, friends and community members. And yet, they spend an inordinate amount of time at work giving their very best. Appreciate them!

Here’s what you can do this week to appreciate their efforts AND their results:

Think about how an employee, peer, or spouse did something you appreciate. Maybe they treated a client especially well or they made a convincing presentation or they somehow made your life easier.

Here’s all you have to do: Verbalize the appreciation you already feel for them.

Take the appreciative thought from your mind to your mouth. Appreciation must be authentic, specific and timely.

Try it and see what happens!

For double bonus points – make giving appreciations a new habit.

Try this: Put three coins in your left pocket every morning. When you offer an appreciation, move a coin to your right pocket. By the end of the day, three coins should be in your right pocket. Coins still in the left pocket at the end of the day? Consider sending an email appreciation to make someone’s evening.

Observe what happens with your employees, peers or spouse as you perfect your appreciation habit with just three genuine appreciations a day.

Open your mind AND your heart and choose to be surprised by their action(s) in response to your new appreciation habit.

Onward and keep tapping your talent,
Cindy

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