A research study conducted by Globoforce found that 89% of people are more motivated by being told what they are doing right than by being told what they are doing wrong. And – nearly 80% looked for this recognition to be given close to the time of the activity. Somehow we seem to know this, but we get stuck between thinking it and expressing it.
Acknowledging good work is powerful. It is a basic human need. We all want to feel like we matter. None of us is successful without cooperation and hard work of others.
There are infinite ways to acknowledge people. Here are a few ideas:
- Say “Thank You”: It’s a powerful phrase. Don’t wait to say it. Tell them now.
- Focus on the Positive: Assume positive intent and balance your problem-solving mindset with acknowledging what’s also helpful.
- Be Present: Be Here Now. One way is to make eye contact: it demonstrates you are not distracted and that you are connected to the conversation.
Get Your Gratitude On!
Acknowledge. Appreciate. Encourage!