Engage Your People by Being Grateful
Eight successful tips show you how to gain a more engaged work group that will produce more for your firm in the future.
December 20, 2010
|Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.|
|William Arthur Ward
When we teach on the subject of employee motivation and engagement, we ask attendees to prioritize their professional motivators from the following list:
While the order in which most prioritize these motivational values is deeply personal and dependent on many factors including your upbringing, prior work experiences, your gender, generation, current life stage and more, we have noticed that “Acknowledgement and Respect” almost universally appears in each person’s top three priorities.
Acknowledgement and respect are acts that communicate your appreciation for your people’s efforts and show them courtesy and kindness at work. This least expensive, yet impactful motivator, is often discounted as too “touchy/feely” or something to delegate to office administrators or others with “more time” to consider and execute acts of thanks.
But if employee motivation and engagement are of the utmost importance to the success of your firm, shouldn’t you be more consciously acknowledging the contributions of others? Here are eight simple ideas to get you started:
When you provide people acknowledgement for their contributions, be sure that it is specific and sincere. Generalizing, over-blowing or acknowledging people when they don’t deserve it will feel contrived and have a demoralizing effect.
And, if you are reading this and thinking, “I don’t have time to stop and thank others,” I hear you. If you don’t think you have the time, think about how much time you’ll save in recruiting and replacement costs if you calendar a reminder each Wednesday to thank someone on your team or within your client base for something they’ve done lately. Or, how much time you may gain because a more engaged work group will produce more.
Choose one idea and experiment with gratitude. You’ll be amazed at how much more engaged and grateful those you acknowledge will be!
Jennifer Wilsonis a partner and co-founder of ConvergenceCoaching, LLC, a leadership and marketing consulting and coaching firm that specializes in helping leaders achieve success. Learn more about the company and its services at www.convergencecoaching.com.