Intentional Appreciation: A Key Ingredient to Enrich Your Company Culture

Thanksgiving week is one of my favorite weeks of the year because of the focus on appreciation and the opportunity to slow down and look around at all we have.  For myself, this year, I’m extra appreciative to have a week with all of my kids together, which is such a gift. My oldest left for college this year, so everyday life without her around the house has been an adjustment for me.  So this year, I’ll be enjoying family time with a renewed sense of appreciation. 

I know it has been a tough year for many, but I want you to know that it has not gone unnoticed by me.  To those of you who are having a tough time right now, keep going.  You can only get out by going through.  Believe in yourself and the process, show up every day with an open heart and an open mind, and commit to your growth.  Even if you’re not where you want to be right now, there’s always a little light in the dark, lessons in the challenges, and love in the midst of fear. I believe in you.

While I have you, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you.  Thank you for showing up day after day with a commitment to your personal betterment.  It’s such a great honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve you every day.  Every little ounce of effort you put into yourself has a ripple effect and impacts those around you in a meaningful way.

Two little words – thank you – can profoundly impact your life and your company culture.

At its core, company culture is emotional in nature;  it refers to how people feel about their work and, more broadly, overall.

In the throes of meetings, performance metrics, and everything else it takes to keep a business running, sometimes the littlest gestures get overlooked.  It’s easy to become subsumed with hard metrics, especially when under pressure, and we may forget to stop and recognize the ones who make it all possible.

Someone who feels appreciated will always do more than you expect them to.  It feels good to be appreciated, so it stands to reason that people are naturally drawn to do more of what makes them feel good.

So this week, I encourage you to think about ways to express appreciation to those around you throughout the year and make it a top-of-mind practice.  In what ways can you be more intentional about it?  Perhaps you start and end every meeting with an expression of appreciation.  Perhaps you send a quick email once a week to someone you appreciate.  There are so many ways to show others we appreciate them.

As always, I’d love to help.  Click here, and we’ll chat about ways to take your life and business to a whole new level.

From me and my amazing team at Live Authentically, we wish you the most wonderful Thanksgiving.