Funny motivational speaker Amy Dee’s blog;
Jack grabbed a dirty white pouch out of his car door side pocket and began digging for coins to pay for his ice tea.
“That’s a nasty-looking little purse you’ve got there, Jack.” Steve teased, pulling down the ear flaps on his camouflage hat. Dressed for a day of hunting, they had stopped for last supplies before getting to the duck blind.
“Let me tell you about this little purse.” Said Jack, who’d retired from 27 years of working with the same company. “On my 20th anniversary at work, they gave me this little pouch with four, five-year pins in it. FOUR FIVE YEAR PINS meant to honor my 20 years of service to this company!” Jack sneered.
“Are you kidding me?” Steve responded.
“Nope, they couldn’t buy a 20-year pin, not that I’d do anything with it. But look at this? Can you believe it? I’ve kept this little pouch to remind me how little they valued my years of service.” Jack sneered.
Employees want to know that they contribute a unique value. They want recognition for the work they do. People do more for those who appreciate them, creating a win-win for employee and employer.
Most of us recognize the importance of appreciation, but we neglect to follow through with it. This is a shame because recognition is one of the best ways to charge up a team and reconnect with our partners.
The most productive work teams have at least a 3:1 ratio of positive to negative interactions. The most successful marriages have a 5:1 ratio of positive to negative interactions. Showing gratitude is a simple way to boost your ratio.
Showing more appreciation is within your control.
Look at the people who work with or for you. How can you thoughtfully express your thanks today?