Finding the Good: The Power of Appreciation in the Workplace

In the fast-paced world of modern work, it’s easy to get caught up in deadlines, meetings, and never-ending to-do lists. In the midst of all this, we often forget the profound impact a simple act of appreciation has on our colleagues. One small act of gratitude has the power to change someone’s entire day and improve the work environment. 

The Importance of Finding the Good

“Finding the good” means actively seeking out and recognizing the positive qualities and contributions of your coworkers. It’s about shifting your focus from negative to positive. As humans, we often see the negative, but we can train our brains to see the good first instead of the bad. This simple change in perspective transforms the workplace environment and relationships.

The Power of Appreciation

Appreciation is a potent tool for building positive connections and fostering a healthy work culture. When you take the time to express your gratitude and admiration for a colleague, you not only make them feel valued but also enhance their motivation and job satisfaction. Here’s why it matters:

1. Boosting Morale and Strengthening Relationships

A heartfelt appreciation significantly boosts a coworker’s morale. It reaffirms their sense of purpose and the value of their contributions. When people feel appreciated, they are more likely to feel motivated, engaged, and satisfied with their work and more connected to their coworkers. Stronger relationships lead to better teamwork and improved overall performance. Not to mention, seeing good in others often leads to seeing the best in ourselves. 

2. Encouraging Excellence

When coworkers know their efforts are recognized and appreciated, they are more likely to go the extra mile and strive for excellence. It creates a culture where everyone is inspired to give their best and help each other. This creates a positive feedback loop that serves to enhance the workplace environment. 

How to Tell a Coworker You Appreciate Them

Telling a coworker something you appreciate about them doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. It can be a simple act that carries immense meaning. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

1. Choose the Right Moment

Find an appropriate time to express your appreciation. It could be during a one-on-one conversation, a team meeting, or even through a thoughtful email or note. Ensure they are at a place to give you their full attention and fully appreciate your gratitude. Making eye contact and smiling go a long way in helping your point come across. 

2. Be Specific

When you express your appreciation, be specific about what you admire or value in your coworker. Mention a particular action, skill, or quality that has impressed you. People often respond best when they feel the compliment is specifically for them and not something that could be said about everyone in the office. 


In a world where busy schedules and tight deadlines overshadow the human side of work, finding the good and expressing appreciation makes a significant difference. It boosts your coworkers’ morale, strengthens relationships, encourages excellence, and contributes to a healthier and more positive work culture. So, take a moment today to find the good in a colleague and tell them how much you appreciate their contributions. You will be surprised by the positive impact it has, not only on them but on the entire workplace. Culture Spark exists to construct and foster a company culture of purpose, clarification, and accountability that improves performance. Through cultural exploration, implementation of new processes and leadership techniques, and enabling your team to reach their goals, we help you create a positive and uplifting work environment. Contact us today to learn how Culture Spark can help find the good in your workplace.

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