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102 Reasons to Appreciate Someone

This Friday, March 1 is National Employee Appreciation Day. Companies and individuals don’t have to do something over-the-top or expensive to let employees know they are important.

Small, genuine acts of appreciation are highly valued by most individuals, especially if they are communicated in a person’s preferred Language of Appreciation.

It’s a fact that people feel appreciated in different ways. The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace are Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Acts of Service, Tangible Gifts, and Appropriate Physical Touch.

The first step in expressing authentic appreciation is identifying what it is you appreciate. Is it something related to their behavior, their character, their personality or an achievement?

The value of an employee goes beyond their work performance. It’s important to recognize and thank employees for other things, such as exhibiting the organization’s core values, having a sense of humor, or volunteering in the community. 

Here is a list of 102 Reasons to Appreciate Someone you work with. 

1.  For exhibiting the organization’s core values

2.  For consistently meeting deadlines

3.  For having a strong work ethic

4.  For going above and beyond the call of duty

5.  For helping out a team member

6.  For showing kindness to others

7.  For fixing a problem

8.  For taking time to appreciate others

9.  For staying late

10.  For representing the organization positively

11.  For creating a better process or system

12.  For acting in a professional manner

13.  For completing extra work

14.  For providing excellent customer service

15.  For offering solutions

16.  For having a positive attitude

17.  For overcoming an obstacle

18.  For not giving up

19.  For improving their skills

20.  For being reliable and dependable

21.  For having integrity

22.  For completing something quickly

23.  For having pride in their work

24.  For their loyalty

25.  For being understanding

26.  For trying even if they didn’t succeed

27.  For leading by example

28.  For catching a mistake

29.  For handling pressure well

30.  For having perseverance

31.  For providing fresh ideas

32.  For giving constructive feedback 33.  For asking thoughful questions

34.  For volunteering in the community

35.  For achievements in their personal life

36.  For having emotional intelligence

37.  For doing something without being told

38.  For following safety rules

39.  For being a good listener

40.  For fixing a mistake

41.  For learning from their mistake

42.  For being a leader

43.  For having good time management skills

44.  For successful completion of a training

45.  For mentoring others

46.  For taking time to train someone

47.  For filling in for someone

48.  For obtaining a certification

49.  For treating others with respect

50.  For being organized

51.  For being detail-oriented

52.  For being self-motivated

53.  For having high standards

54.  For doing the right thing

55.  For being responsible

56.  For going back to school

57.  For earning a degree

58.  For being creative

59.  For being committed

60.  For having a sense of humor

61.  For having years of experience

62.  For improving a weakness

63.  For sharing resources

64.  For valuing people

65.  For making work fun

66.  For being well-spoken

67.  For thinking outside the box

68.  For being flexible

69.  For being humble

70.  For being transparent

71.  For being a team player

72.  For being passionate

73.  For being trustworthy

74.  For good communication skills

75.  For collaborating with another department

76.  For openly sharing information with others

77.  For cleaning up

78.  For being punctual

79.  For being prepared

80.  For being thoughtful

81.  For being inclusive

82.  For bringing food or treats to share

83.  For being patient

84.  For motivating others

85.  For sharing credit

86.  For having a professional appearance

87.  For having awareness

88.  For good decision making

89.  For going under budget

90.  For being proactive

91.  For being innovative

92.  For taking ownership

93.  For being results-oriented

94.  For training a new employee

95.  For being tech-savvy

96.  For getting along well with others

97.  For being team-oriented

98.  For having empathy

99.  For inspiring others

100.  For trying something new

101.  For empowering others

102.  For using resources wisely

There are many different ways people bring value to the workplace and to their teams. Don’t miss an opportunity like National Employee Appreciation Day to celebrate the people who make it possible to achieve your mission every day.

With that said, employee appreciation is most effective when it is shown consistently.

Just as you wouldn’t limit expressing love only on Valentine’s Day, it would be foolish to only show employee appreciation on holidays.

Former chairman of the  Ford Motor Company, Donald Peterson, said this, “The most important ten minutes of your day are those you spend doing something to boost the people you work with.”

Can you spare 10 minutes today?