We Appreciate You! How About the Boss?

FoolsdoartBefore anything else, on behalf of the entire ERE family, your humble Roundup correspondents want you to know how very much we all appreciate your loyal readership.

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 compAppreciation surveyany. 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.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.

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