We are surrounded daily by people that work hard, make an effort, and show kindness and generosity without being asked. Most of the time this goes unrecognized. It’s important to acknowledge hard work and outstanding performance, show people they are valued, and sometimes to simply show gratitude or appreciation.
Appreciation does not mean to just recognize someone. By definition, the word also indicates that you are adding value to them. Letting employees [or people in general] know that you are aware of their efforts which drives them to achieve through intrinsic motivation, which is scientifically proven to provide more sustainable drive than a bonus.
We can build up relationships by acknowledging what others do for us and how much they mean to us. When we do what we consider “small gestures” of appreciation, they can blossom into powerful reactions! Tell them face to face, buy them a coffee, write a thank you card, inform management of the excellent job they have done. Be the positive person so that you can help build up morale and their self confidence.
Include your family and friends as they are just as important and they also need acknowledgment. They need to strive to be the best that they can be and if we help them in some way so much the better.