Show Appreciation

By Jeri Mae Rowley

Research from the U.S. Department of Labor reveals the main reason people leave their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated. And, a Gallup Poll reports, two thirds of employees received no recognition for good work in their workplaces.
Clearly, there aren’t enough positive moments or interactions happening in the workplace. As a result, our economy suffers, companies suffer, and individual suffer. In study done in the United Kingdom measured “boss-induced hypertension.” The researchers found that people who harbored real dislike for their bosses over long periods of time increased their risk of heart disease and stroke by one-third.
So, next time you hear someone say “My boss is going to be the death of me,” . . . it might not be an exaggeration.

“Over 60% of people received no recognition for good work in their workplace.”

According to Tom Rath, Global Practice Leader in strengths-based development for Gallup, “Our relationships with people are formed by small moments–and relationships are crucial in business.” He calls these moments “drops” and we can either add to—or delete from—the emotional “buckets” of others. In his book How Full is Your Bucket? Rath tells us adding “drops” begins by taking an inventory of all the momentary interactions we have with people every day.
There are approximately twenty thousand “bucket-impacting” moments in a given day, and each one lasts about three seconds. Those three-second interactions are rarely neutral. And, we can deliberately choose to make them positive or negative.

Fill your own bucket to the brim by showing appreciation to those you work with. Make a real effort to transform your briefest interactions into great relationship-building opportunities. When you help fill another person’s bucket, you’ll be filling your own.


Jeri Mae Rowley, MS Human Resource Management, is a master trainer and professional speaker. She has delighted audiences at state and national conventions in 16 states, Canada and the US Virgin Islands. Visit her website