Imagine that you’ve had a long and grueling day at work. Since you’ve arrived to work at 8:00am, it seems that tasks just continue to pile up on you with no end in sight. You’re three more pages of paperwork away from tearing your hair off. Now it’s 5:00pm and you’re ready to get off of work, when your boss asks to have a word with you and calls you into his/her office. You’re probably thinking “What now? I worked my butt off all day today, what could he/she possibly want from me?” You walk into your boss’s office and take a seat. He/she smiles at you and says: “I know that you’ve been working very hard lately, and I just wanted to tell you that I appreciate what you do around here.”
“I appreciate you.”
It’s amazing how much difference these three simple words can have on a person’s mood. By taking the time out to recognize others for their work, leaders will build a stronger team by improving productivity, as a recent study conducted by the Globoforce Workforce Mood Tracker suggested that employees would work harder if they felt their efforts were better recognized. It’s no doubt that leaders must work hard to achieve their organizational vision, but they should also realize that they cannot get there by themselves. In order to achieve your organizational vision, it will require the combined efforts of the collective group, which is why it’s important to build a culture of appreciation in our organizations.
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