When it comes to working in a team, appreciating the efforts of others and ourselves goes a long way towards building harmony and collaboration.
Sharing pleasure for the work undertaken by colleagues creates an atmosphere inside any team that can inspire ongoing best performances. Ignoring the input of staff on the results obtained, on the other hand, leads to resentment and infighting.
Appreciating the efforts of others and ourselves, however, is not something to be done as either a one-off action or in a manner suggesting it is being given merely for the sake of doing it. Expressing heartfelt gratitude connects people to the work, the shared goals and all those involved in the process.
Nevertheless, appreciating the efforts of others and ourselves need not be limited to verbal acknowledgements. Being creative in how appreciation is demonstrated – gifting time-off or person-specific ‘treats’, for example – indicates the thoughtful nature of the employer, team-leader and so forth.
In terms of appreciating the efforts of others and ourselves, the words ‘and ourselves’ may come at the end of the phrase, yet in all probability, they should be at the beginning. If we fail to give ourselves a ‘pat on the back’ after producing exceptional work, our motivation to praise others can quickly diminish.
Motivation and optimism are key factors impacting on success as well as on creating a productive and open working environment. When all concerned understand their efforts are appreciated, rather than taken for granted, the results can be truly outstanding.
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