We often use the words “recognition” and “appreciation” interchangeably, but there’s a big difference between them. The former is about giving positive feedback based on results or performance. The latter is about acknowledging a person’s inherent value. If you focus solely on recognition, or praising positive outcomes, you miss out on opportunities to connect with and support your team members. Here are a few simple ways to show appreciation for those around you. First, listen. One of the best things you can do for the people you work with is to put down your phone, turn away from your computer, and genuinely listen to them. Also, tell people what you value about them. Doing this proactively — not because someone did something great or because you want something from them — is an incredibly powerful gift. It can positively affect how your colleagues feel about themselves, your relationship with them, and the culture of the team. Lastly, check in with people. Show them that you care by asking how they’re doing (and meaning it).
This tip is adapted from “Why Employees Need Both Recognition and Appreciation,” by Mike Robbins
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