We figured today’s a good day to tell you that since it’s Employee Appreciation Day and our gratitude may be the only thanks you get.
Alas, Gallup tells us that fewer than 1 in 3 workers strongly agrees that they got any praise in the last week. Other surveys have found praise by managers to be even stingier; some workers claim to rarely hear anyone praised by the boss.
That’s not only demoralizing, but it’s costly to the company. The recognition consulting firm O.C. Tanner commissioned a survey discovering that praise and recognition is a more powerful motivator to excel than money.
Hearing it from the boss is nice, but appreciation need not be limited to managers. How motivated would you be if one of your hiring managers stopped by to tell you what a great job you do? (Feel free to email this post to your hiring manager list. And if you get a thank you, you must tell all of us about it. We will want details so we can share that feeling of stunned joy vicariously.)
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Well, For Art’s Sake!
For the rest of us, here’s a little office fun, which, we rush to point out, was appreciated by the boss. (Did the boss make the connection between the run on office trash bags and paper towels?)
Two guys in New York are entertaining their colleagues, themselves, and the entire Instagram world with their interpretation of famous paintings using props found only in the office.
Francesco and Chris, who work for Squarespace, a do-it-yourself web design service, grab what they need from the supply cabinet and beg and borrow the other necessities from their office compadres then reinterpret the mostly classical works. Besides Instagram, they Tweet, post to Tumblr, and have their own website appropriately entitled FoolsDoArt.com.