Appreciation, Gratitude and Fun on Friday

I learned from Wikipedia that January 26 is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 339 days remaining until the end of the year (340 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Sunday or Monday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Wednesday or Friday.

On this date in 1926, John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of television in his laboratory in London.

26th January is also Australia Day, a national holiday in Australia, celebrating national pride and culture, and an opportunity to recognise and enjoy accomplishments, to explore and learn more about Australian national identity and culture.

So lots to celebrate in January and we have Valentines Day, Shrove Tuesday and Chinese New Year to look forward to. At 10Eighty we love a celebration, in particular, we think it’s important to recognise and celebrate success, achievements, progress and accomplishments. We will pass over the concept of Dry January, it’s too cold and damp to consider.

Celebrating success at work is important because feedback is essential for driving high performance at work. In a dynamic, connected work environment, employees need fair and accurate feedback on their performance, so managers should give feedback that reflects contribution rather than output.

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Positive reinforcement

It’s also about engagement and leaders who practice value-centred leadership know that gratitude is a good starting point. In the workplace, gratitude can positively impact such factors as job satisfaction, loyalty, and team cohesion while reducing staff turnover and increasing organisational profitability and productivity.

At 10Eighty we’re sure that positive reinforcement in the form of gratitude means that you are communicating with staff about what you want to see more of from them at work. Nothing is more effective than expressing real gratitude.

Don’t underestimate the simple, informal and invaluable feedback of telling people “good job, thanks!” everyone will appreciate it and it can make a world of difference to some of your staff. High-performance teams celebrate success. Take time to acknowledge and praise people for their good work and focus on achievements and progress.

So, don’t just say “our employees are our greatest asset,” but show that you really do actually believe this to be true. Yes, staff are paid to turn up and work and are expected to do it well and conscientiously. Want them to go the extra mile? To care about your organisation, your product and your customers? Then show them you care.

Why bother?

Watson Wyatt studies show that an organisation with highly engaged employees typically achieves a financial performance four times greater than a company with poor employee attitudes.

A 2013 survey of 2000 workers in Australia found that not only did most people feel better when someone thanked them, but also reported improved mood when they thanked another worker. In other words, expressing appreciation is a mood booster just as surely as receiving praise.

Make a point of saying thank-you today, it could mean much more than you know. Creating a culture of gratitude and appreciation can transform the workplace, building connections and trust.

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Michael Moran – CEO 10Eighty

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