By April Kozubal, SHRM-SCP  |   March 4th, 2016
Employee appreciation day is today - but if you really think about it, every day provides us opportunities to appreciate each other.
There are no shortage of sacrifices made by our employees on any given day.  
The coworker who gets called out to an emergency response site to help you on their day off;
The employee who works late into the evening for days on end to submit a proposal or meet a client deadline;
The project manager who takes on extra work so a peer can take some well-deserved time off and;
The staff members that hit the road on a regular basis working to create opportunities for our business.
What about the few individuals that take the time to load and unload the dishwasher, decorate spaces for the Holidays and organize casual events that boost morale?  Pay just a small amount of attention and you will see those around you making extra effort. Whom they benefit is secondary to the effort itself.  In truth, you can even be thankful for a piece of constructive criticism that will contribute to your professional or personal growth.  
So, what do we do to show our appreciation in a way that contributes to our corporate culture?  Liz Jazwiec, author of Eat That Cookie!: Make Workplace Positivity Pay Off … For Individuals, Teams and Organizations has outlined some ways to encourage appreciation.
  • Say “thanks”. Show your appreciation on the most basic level at every opportunity. 
  • Adopt an “it’s the thought that counts” attitude. It’s possible that something very well intended didn’t work out.  Be grateful just the same.
  • Communicate openly and honestly. If you find yourself needing to feel appreciated a bit more…say so.
  • Be prepared for kind words. Accept recognition graciously. 
  • Thank those you serve.  Clients put their trust in us…thank them for doing so.
Gratitude encourages repeat performances and it can takes very little effort.  The most amazing thing we need to recognize is that infusing gratitude into the workplace can come from anyone, regardless of position. Once people feel truly appreciated, it spills over into their work life and their home life.  You may notice that smiles come more easily, extra effort is offered with more frequency, and quality of work increases.  To be appreciated is to be visible, integral and recognized.
We are committed to working together to grow a culture of appreciation…are you?
April Kozubal, SHRM-SCP, Human Resources Director
April Kozubal is an HR leader with 20 years of experience.  
She is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society of Human Resources Management
and loves to get to know people and learn what inspires them.  
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