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YKK Fundamental Behavior 16 – Provide Meaningful Appreciation

April 15, 2022
Author: YKK
Fundamental Behaviors

YKK Fundamental Behavior 16 - Provide Meaningful Appreciation

I love our 25 Fundamental Behaviors, one of my favorites being #16, “Provide Meaningful Appreciation.”

When I think of all the times I have been shown appreciation, I am immediately flooded with fond memories of feeling loved and treasured. One night, while pregnant with our second child, my husband came home from work with much joy and gratefulness. This is because all his coworkers had thrown him a small baby shower! He even brought home cake and a truck full of baby gifts! We were so overwhelmed with appreciation. To this day, he still talks about this moment since the simple generosity of his team made him feel extremely valued.

Another moment of appreciation I hold dear occurred during the start of the pandemic. I had finally achieved a long-term goal of mine: finishing my degree. At a time when there were so many more important things to be concerned with, my team chose not to overlook this milestone and surprised me with my favorite lunch and a beautiful cake! It meant so much to me to feel cared for and valued by my fellow coworkers.

When is the last time you told someone they were doing a good job? What about the last time you gave someone a shoutout during a meeting? Showing meaningful appreciation is not hard, but it must be given in a genuine and personalized manner. You want the receiver to feel that you care for them and that they are making a positive impact. Whether or not people realize it, everyone wants to know they are making a valuable contribution to their organization. People also wish to know their “why,” or in other words, confirmation that they are there for a purpose and helping to move the needle forward.

Showing meaningful appreciation is everyone’s responsibility and can be fulfilled through any form of praise of your fellow coworkers. For example, a manager or leader can show meaningful, purposeful appreciation by taking their team out for a team building session or even by hosting a simple pizza lunch. While people show appreciation differently, it is clear we all need it in our lives. If you practice the Cycle of Goodness philosophy, which states that, “No one prospers without rendering benefit to others,” it will become second nature to fully display your appreciation for others in your daily life.

Jenny Ramsey
Culture and Employee Engagement Lead
YKK AP America Inc.