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Fundamental Behavior 16 – Provide Meaningful Appreciation

October 7, 2021
Author: YKK
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Provide Meaningful Appreciation

For me, this Fundamental Behavior is a major contributor to keeping our companies strong, successful, and remaining a great place to work.  If we all can focus on providing truly meaningful appreciation throughout our companies, all other Fundamental Behaviors will be easier to attain.

As I thought about this, I realized that we all can recognize the difference between “true” appreciation and “lip service.”  Most, if not all, of us want any appreciation to be sincere and true.

There are many benefits in recognizing and rewarding employees for going that extra mile when necessary. When we are engaged and appreciated, we are all happier and willing to remain with the company.  Forbes has reported that over 80% of employees are more motivated to give that little extra when they feel appreciated.

As I researched this topic, I asked myself, how can we give meaningful appreciation to our co-workers? I found the following points that are necessary to achieve this goal.

Every act of recognition/appreciation should contain the following elements: it should be personal, specific, and unexpected.

  • Be personal: This strengthens the bond between the recognizer and the employee being recognized. AON Hewitt surveyed Millennials and found that they are more satisfied when they are recognized with personal handwritten thank you notes or verbal thank you interactions.
  • Be specific: Show appreciation for specific actions the person has demonstrated in order to receive this recognition. Avoid being generic when showing appreciation for their actions.
  • Be unexpected: Recognition/appreciation loses some of its value when it becomes routine. The value of showing meaningful appreciation increases when it is unexpected and not anticipated.

The benefit in showing appreciation is the fact that it benefits both the giver and receiver. When we feel valued, our stress level decreases, and we have a more open relationship between the giver and receiver.  This spreads throughout the department and company.

We can all improve in this area of providing meaningful appreciation.  We all get busy and pressured at work and in our home lives.  I challenge us all to give more meaningful appreciation at work and at home.  You’ll find that everyone wins when we are sincere and honest when showing our appreciation to someone else!

Rick Hudson
YKK AP
Director, Community Development/General Affairs