The power of real appreciation!

Many of us speak to thanking our coworkers and it surely is a powerful thing to do, done for the right reason and from your soul!

We have convinced ourselves that positive appreciation is a “good thing to do.”

We see thank you cards and “HR “appreciation programs abound.

What have we come to?

Why is it that the simplest form of gratitude has to be “systemized” and brought down to a procedure?

I have seen them, worked them, introduced them and you know what? I ask do they really work?

The answer off course is yes AND no. Why? Well because it matters little if it is part of an organized way of doing things.

There is no surprise; its tacky and its an “expected part of the way we do things to engage people” there is indeed a negative connotation when you do not get it.

Let’s get real; what does a stack of “company thank you cards” really do for you?

What I want to see is the power of a real thank you. One that comes from the heart and you can FEEL it. Capture that in your business culture!! Now you have something!

If you have to make it into a program then what does that say about your organization?

The power of an unexpected, spontaneous and heartfelt smile is infectious and is remembered for a long long time. The cards? Well maybe.

Building culture is about building instinctive human values that form because they are the right things to do, and those never need a procedure or policy or process.



About HRMexplorer

Managing Director - Human Capital Europe and USA - My ability is to recognize ingrained assumptions and patterns of operation that aren’t productive, and offer practical, cost-effective and value-based solutions.

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