Authors: Daria Szczegielniak i Katarzyna Fajkiel
3 min read
Authors: Daria Szczegielniak i Katarzyna Fajkiel
3 min read
Creating a pleasant atmosphere in the workplace can make your daily duties much easier and also positively affect your well-being. If you want your colleagues with whom you share office for many hours a day to feel good in your company and to be honest with you, do not forget to give them a kind word from time to time. It will let them will feel better, and they will look at you from a completely different perspective.
The feeling of appreciation is one of the basic needs of every human being. Each of us likes to feel needed. We are also happier when we know that our actions make sense. This applies in particular to professional work. Being at the office, we have to deal with different tasks and face new challenges every day. The 2018 report from the survey called the Appreciation Index shows that the highest sense of appreciation, amounting to as much as 69%, is experienced by people with less than 6 months of work in total. After one year of work, this level declines by up to 13%. And that’s not the end! After three years of work, 1/3 of employees feel underappreciated.
Work is one of the most important life spheres for every adult person. When working full-time, we spend as much as 8 hours a day in the office. It is 1/3 of the total time we have. For many people, working is a sense of life, something that shapes its course. Such employees fully dedicate themselves to work without treating it as an unpleasant duty. If the employee is never praised and their actions go largely unnoticed, they may quickly lose interest and enthusiasm for work and start looking for a new job opportunity that will guarantee them psychological well-being. The culture of kudos should therefore be a very important element in every company, not only at the employee-supervisor level. People who, at least occasionally, hear a nice word from their boss or a colleague are usually more involved in the life of the company and as a result work much more effectively.
Unfortunately, as the research of the Appreciation Index shows, the corporate appreciation culture is still in its beginnings, and the official employee appraisal systems can only be found in less than a half of companies. In many cases, people who run companies completely ignore the need for such systems and don’t include them in plans for future development. In practice, however, creating a culture of appreciation is not that difficult. All that is needed to create such an environment are conversations and good intentions. The culture of appreciation shouldn’t be understood only as praises from the boss. It involved also kind words among employees. Unfortunately, in companies where superiors are not willing to praise employees, colleagues usually also do not show appreciation for one another.
Appreciation at work should include first and foremost nice words that make the atmosphere better. Sometimes one simple sentence such as: Thank you, I appreciate your commitment, is sufficient to make your colleagues feel that someone values their actions. Once in a while, it is also worth praising them in the public, i.e. in the presence of the rest of the staff. Such words have a much stronger meaning! In larger companies, where personal contact is less frequent, it is worth appreciating colleagues in other ways. When giving appreciation, it is good to list specific actions of a co-worker that deserve attention. However, remember not to cross the line! Too many strokes may be perceived as an attempt to hem the colleague in or dominate them. Surprised with positive comments, the co-worker may feel that your words have a hidden agenda and are associated with, for instance, some future requests.
Appreciating your colleagues is very important and you should never give that up. Depending on what binds you two and what tools you use, you can do it in several ways. Apart from traditional methods, you have the opportunity to appreciate your colleague using new technologies. Remember that each attempt to show appreciation counts. It is up to you which way to choose.
It is the most traditional way of showing appreciation to the other person. It is great especially in the case of older colleagues who do not have that much confidence in new technologies. Left on your colleague’s desk, a small note saying thank you will surely boost their morale and give energy to work. If you want, you can add a tiny gift to it, e.g. a sweet. Such a praise will surely last in the memory for a long time.
If your colleague sent you a report, an analysis or any other document they had created for you and you know that they had spent a lot of time on that, never forget to reply to the e-mail! Once you’re familiar with the file, address a message to the sender to appreciate their work. Point out the strongest points of it and say what caught your attention. Such a message doesn’t cost a thing, but you can make your colleague feel valued and give them a boost up.
A simple phone call is also a great opportunity to appreciate your colleague. Work is not always about responsibilities and tasks! Sometimes it’s worth to slow down for a while to make someone happy. One nice sentence is sufficient to give your appreciation to a colleague. Such a gesture will surely be an unexpected surprise.
In many modern companies, communication between employees is much more complex and goes beyond e-mails and phone calls. Chats are becoming more and more popular. If you also use instant messaging at work, take advantage of it! Use it to give your appreciation to someone. To do it, just send a message to the person you talk to saying how valuable their work is for you. You will surely put a smile on your colleague’s face!
For many companies, Workplace is the main communication center that connects workers and allows them to quickly communicate with each other and post important information. It is also a great place to thank your colleagues for their help and commitment. There are several options we can choose to do it. The most interesting one is a public kudos in a form of a post that you can publish to give the appreciation to the people who help you on a daily basis.
Who said that we can express our appreciation only among other office colleagues? A public kudos on LinkedIn is a great way to break the stereotype. A praise posted on this social networking site is something more than just a few kind words – it’s a valuable opinion that could be useful in your colleague’s future career. After all, most employers, recruiters and headhunters are present on LinkedIn!
Praise is a real motivator that can significantly increase employee productivity and make work enjoyable. If you are really happy with how your co-workers work, you should tell a few nice words about them while talking to your boss. Remember that it is not only an expression of affection, but also a kind of honest behavior towards your colleagues.
The upcoming Kindness Day is a great opportunity to give your appreciation to colleagues and give a few nice words to them. If it is something you do for the first time, don’t be afraid! Try to make a habit of this.
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