Encouragement

IMG_0389Last week, I visited a former pastor who is about to die. We had a great talk, most of it fond memories of his life. He told me about a crisis in his life when he was so discouraged that almost gave up. He remembered sitting in his sanctuary’s balcony almost in tears. He did not share what turned his situation around but he did not give up, but got up and continued on doing what he was called to do.

Earlier this week, I read:

Be an observer of life around you and also be sure to tell the people near you that you love them. Our Greatest Human Need…To Be Understood and Appreciated. Celebrations are so important in business to make people feel appreciated and loved. ~ Ken Blanchard

Appreciation helps team members feel their contribution matters. It is one of the best investments you can make in the workplace. ~ Paul White

I also read Top Ten Easiest Ways to Express Appreciation to Almost Anyone from Dr. Paul White

1. Give a verbal compliment (say “thanks for …”; tell them, “I’m glad you are part of the team.”)

2. Write an email (“I just wanted to let you know …; “It is really helpful to me when you ….”)

3. Stop by and see how your colleague is doing. Spend a few minutes just chatting and checking in on them.

4. Do something together with your co-worker (like eating together.)

5. Do a small task for someone spontaneously (hold open the door, offer to carry something.)

6. Stop by their workspace and see if they need any help getting something done. 

7. Buy them coffee, a drink, a snack or dessert. 

8. Get them a magazine related to an area of interest they have (sports, hobbies, a place they would like to visit.)

9. Give them a “high five” when they have completed a task (especially one that has been challenging or they have been working on a while).

10. Greet your colleague warmly, with a smile and a handshake. (Say something like “It’s good to see you!”; “How is your day going?”)

A conversation, quotes and article… is there a lesson for me to take away? I think it might be related to the Hawaiian value ho’omau.

HO‘OMAU—

The value of perseverance. To persist, to continue, to perpetuate. Never give up.

If there is a lesson of the week for me, it would be: everyone needs to be encouraged. Even seasoned, experienced people who are looked up to have low moments.

Studies have shown that the number one factor in job satisfaction is not the amount of pay but whether or not the individual feels appreciated and valued for the work they do. Approximately 3 out of 4 employees could be looking for another job primarily because they don’t feel appreciated.

No one wears a sign that says they are ready to give up or burn out. So, for me, I am going to personally commit to the value of ho’omau and the discipline of encouragement, bringing a cool refreshing breeze to their lives. Will you join me?

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