9: Show Meaningful and Authentic Appreciation

Expressing appreciation – a “thankful recognition” of the contribution of those around you – is part of the wave of positive psychology that has become mainstream in recent years. But how do we do this effectively in a work setting? Consider three facets of appreciation: gratitude, praise and recognition. Rockstar managers use all three and build appreciation into their daily or weekly routine.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Employees who feel appreciated are more productive and more successful in their roles.
  • Establish a regular practice of gratitude for yourself. It’s easier to show appreciation when you have a habit of doing so.
  • Appreciation can be shown as:
    • Gratitude (saying thank you)
    • Praise (showing admiration)
    • Recognition (sharing in public)
  • Make your gratitude and praise as specific as possible. A simple “thanks!” or “nice job” isn’t meaningful. It feels automatic.
  • Include how the person’s actions positively impacted you.
  • Both gratitude and praise should often be given in private, but on occasion, public recognition is welcomed.
  • Use recognition as a way to encourage new norms and behaviors in meetings. Acknowledge the person who identified ‘the most critical watch-out’ as a way to encourage people to share their concerns.
  • Set time on your calendar each week to ‘express appreciation.’ Reflect on what happened the past week and write a note, send an email, or speak directly to the person to show you care.

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