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:
Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
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!
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.
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.