Everyone wants to feel appreciated. We want to know that we matter. What are you doing to show appreciation to your employees at work or to your direct sales team? You may be surprised to find that your efforts might not be making the impact you were aiming for.
First, don’t confuse appreciation with recognition. Recognition acknowledges good performance or a milestone. Appreciation acknowledges a person’s full value. Want to make someone feel really special? Acknowledge them for who they are, not just for what they do.
In their book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Gary Chapman and Paul White explain that what makes one person feel appreciated does not make another person feel appreciated. By determining his or her individual “language” you can express your appreciation in a way that is the most meaningful and deeply felt.
The Five Languages are:
- Words of Affirmation – Focus on the person’s character and not just his or her performance. Go out of your way to thank and praise them verbally or perhaps give them a handwritten note.
- Quality Time – People who prefer this language want your focused attention. If it is impossible to spend time face-to-face because of distance, try a phone call or Skype session, as long as there are no interruptions.
- Acts of Service – If you enjoy being shown appreciation through acts of service, you know how good it makes you feel when someone offers to help you with chores or work tasks. Be cheerful when you offer to help and be sure to do things their way!
- Tangible Gifts – The important thing here is the thought behind the gift, not the monetary value. Present them with a homemade gift or a gift card to their favorite coffee shop. Of course, Lemongrass Spa Products are always the perfect choice!
- Physical Touch – While physical touch is not appropriate in most work settings, the consultants at Lemongrass Spa love to hug and high-five when we are together! Just make sure the recipient is comfortable with any type of physical gesture before assuming it’s okay.
The most important ingredient in showing appreciation is sincerity. Be genuine in your praise. By doing so, you can make a difference in the life of someone else. By making someone feel truly appreciated you can encourage him or her to climb higher and reach his or her true potential!...