Pat Yourself On The Back

“I’ve worked hard on that report, yet you offered no support. I even stayed after hours because my days seemed short. I was so into my work, so I didn’t keep track of time. I really wanted to impress you, but you paid me no mind. If you knew the effort I put forth, you would’ve said more than “thanks”. I guess the next time I’ll just have to fill in the blanks.”

I know it feels good when someone tells you “good job” or “keep up the good work”, but sometimes you have to pat yourself on the back. Top level employees often do not realize how hard lower level employees work and how just an ounce of appreciation can increase employee morale. It can also determine whether or not an employee will pursue longevity with that employer. So in other words, a simple sign of gratitude can increase employee morale and decrease turnover. If you think about it, employees would get more work done with less complaining and complaints against them. Employers can relax knowing that their business is in good hands, and they don’t have to spend so much time and money hiring new employees. It’s a win win! People who love their jobs usually don’t leave them.

Some employers are great at extending their appreciation, whereas others are not. They haven’t learned the simple formula yet, and maybe they never will. If you work for one of them, you’ll have to learn to pat yourself on the back until you find an employer that will recognize your contributions to the company. No employee should ever feel under-appreciated because a business cannot fully function without employees. However, because you need your job to sustain your living, keep up the good work and be the invisible hand that motivates you.

And remember…
“Make sense of what you do, and make every cent count.”

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