65% of workers report that in the past 12 months they received no recognition for good work during the prior year (Gallup).
Appreciation can be used strategically by supervisors to boost employee morale. Appreciating the best qualities in those with whom we work can help give them a boost, motivating them to persevere when times are tough.
Looking for the best in our colleagues also helps us feel more favourably disposed towards them, making working with them easier and a lot more enjoyable. Looking for the best in others also makes us feel better – appreciating those around us boosts our own well being.
So why is appreciation/recognition ONLY AT 35%? When was the last time someone said ‘well done’ or ‘thank you’ and how did that make you feel at the time and how does it make you feel now, reflecting back? Does it give you a warm, positive glow? And how do you feel towards the individual who said it? Are you more or less likely to do something for them the next time they ask?