Workplace Appreciation Pitfalls And How To Avoid Them

Participating in company recognition programs is a great place to start showing your gratitude to your fellow team members, but let’s face it, winning company swag for a job well done can get old.  How many sets of luggage tags does one person need, anyway?

While we may not all be able to influence the programs that our companies put into place, we can definitely impact our teams on an individual level. This week, we’re talking about the ins and outs of showing your colleagues a token of your appreciation.

Speak The Right Language

Everyone has different preferences and biases for what types of recognition they prefer – you might even call them languages. According to authors Paul White and Gary Chapman, there are five languages of appreciation

  • Tangible Gifts
  • Words of Affirmation
  • Quality Time
  • Acts of Service
  • Physical Touch

Be Aware Of Your Blind Spot

With the best of intentions, we appreciate others in the way we, ourselves, would like to be appreciated. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, right? If your primary language just happens to be your team member’s least valued language, you might be wasting your time. They key here is to appreciate someone in the language of appreciation THEY prefer.

Chart Your Course

If you want to avoid the pitfalls of personal bias, start with getting to know your own language first before diagnosing others. Reading the book and a little self-reflection is all that’s needed here. Everyone has a language preference. Before reading the book, I guessed my language incorrectly and Rebecca didn’t think she had one (she does), so we both learned something this week!

Stuff We Talked About

Favorite Things

  • I’m really into a new Photoshop retouching class by Lisa Carney
  • Rebecca just wanted to take a moment to shout out a little appreciation to the people in her life who love and support her. We all need people in our lives to lift us up!

Are Work Friendships All They Are Cracked Up To Be?

Even though having a friend at work can help boost productivity and increase job satisfaction, only 19% of people surveyed had close friends at work. So, what keeps us from bonding with our cube mates? Is it better to maintain a “professional distance” than to risk revealing too much about yourself? In this episode of Comm Capers, we’ll talk about the pros and cons of having friends in the workplace, what (or who) to watch out for, and strategies for cultivating more personal relationships at work.

It’s really about connection

While you might just want someone to eat lunch or catch happy hour with, consider a broader perspective. In his book, LEADERS EAT LAST, Simon Sinek talks about the concept of developing circles of safety – a group of people we trust, share values with, and look out for at work. Circles of safety give us a much needed sense of belonging. It is our willingness to look out for the people we work with that helps teams really thrive. And when the going gets tough, you’ll know who you can count on.

Fill your inner circle

It’s gets harder to make friends as we grow older! If you think you’re ready to up your friend game with a potential kindred spirit at work, keep in mind that workplace friendships can thrive as long as you are able to set boundaries to ensure your work gets done. And lastly, don’t despair if you haven’t found someone from work to join your Star Trek themed bocce ball league. Some people just like to keep their work and social lives separate. Shift your focus to building positive and working relationships. After all, professional distance can be beneficial, too.

Stuff We Talked About

Having Work Friends Can Be Tricky, but It’s Worth It
Psychologist shares the secret to making friends at work
How Important Your Workplace Friendships Are Depends on Your Age
Toxic Colleagues: Nine Coworkers To Watch Out For
This American Life Podcast – Episode 587 The Perils of Intimacy
This is how to make friends as an adult: Five secrets backed by research
Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last TED talk
Zukey’s World Mews

Favorite Things

• Kari’s late to the party and is currently binge watching The Office on Netflix.
• Rebecca’s conquering Cat Quest with her will power wielding cat!


Is Your Marketing Plan Empty Inside?

Donuts are great! But you can’t really survive on just donuts, at least not without affecting your health. “Donut” marketing plans are the same way. They’ve got all the hype and sugary goodness of a donut, but may lack the strategy (the juicy center) that will inspire customers to pick you over the other pastries in their box. In this episode, we talk about ways to turn your marketing plan into more than just another “donut.”

It’s All About The Recipe

Does your plan lack substance? Is it really just a me-too plan with color sprinkles that match your corporate color palette?  Did your exciting new tactic fall flat? What a good marketing plan really comes down to is finding the right recipe. So, grab a cruller and your favorite cup of coffee and join us as we share our recipe for baking up a better marketing plan.

Stuff We Mentioned

Favorite Things

Jakeeno the dog, a.k.a. the Bismarck donut hater