Showing appreciation goes a long way, both personally and professionally.
When you appreciate those who work with you, you create a better environment for yourself and those around you. When you appreciate people, they feel good and, in return, you’ll feel good too. Besides, the more you appreciate those you work with, the more likely they are to favor you and help you out in the future when you need something.
So how do we show appreciation?
Words go a long way. Don’t underestimate the power of “thank you.” We sometimes forget no one has to do most things. It may be part of their job or they may be doing something that helps you out. No matter how little it may seem, you lose nothing by saying thank you.
Saying “thank you” isn’t the only way to show appreciation. Just recognizing the things someone does also makes them feel appreciated. You should recognize people both publicly and privately. If you’re in a meeting or with a group of people, publicly pointing them out for something they did for you or just something they do well at can really boost them up.
You don’t need to be fancy; just getting a random note can really brighten up someone’s day. One of my favorite things I’d do for my staff was leave a Post-It note on their computers that said, “You’re a rockstar.” They loved this and kept it there until it fell off.
There are many different types of notes you can leave someone. If someone does something for you at work, you can write a nice thank you note. You can even leave little notes recognizing a strength they have, something they did, or just telling them how awesome they are.
Now, before you jump the gun, you don’t need to give elaborate or expensive gifts to show appreciation. It’s all the small stuff. One of the simplest ways to do this is to get someone their favorite drink, candy, or snack. I always try to keep a mental note (sometimes I even write it down) of what my co-workers’ favorite snacks and drinks are. I even find out their normal Starbucks orders. So, if you find yourself out to get a snack, bring back something for someone as a small sign of appreciation.
Remember, showing appreciation can be any small gesture that doesn’t really cost much on your part. So, appreciate as much as you can, whenever you can!
This article was written by Vector West Camus Recruiting Manager, Amanda Sahawneh. Vector Marketing is a DECA National Advisory Board partner and Corporate Social Media Correspondent. You can follow Vector Marketing on Twitter @VectorMarketing.