“Look for the Good”: The Power of Specific Appreciation in the Workplace

Every healthy team has those special individuals who make it a great place to work. The people who bring donuts on Friday, organize a get-well-soon card or encourage those who are having a bad day. The reason these people are so vital is mainly due to their ability to make others feel seen: they know what to say and when to say it in order to bring out the best in others. In the fast-paced world of business, appreciating and recognizing the unique contributions of our colleagues can often fall by the wayside. What if your team could be filled with the types of people who call out the good in each other? It may seem daunting, but it is possible with the right company culture. Understanding and vocalizing each person’s value, especially when considering specific character traits, can profoundly enrich workplace culture. The best place to start? Learning to appreciate your colleagues, not just for what they do, but for who they are! By tailoring your appreciation to who your colleagues are at their core, you have the ability to uplift them and enhance collaboration and morale. Here’s a guide to appreciating your colleagues for who they are.

How to Effectively Appreciate Colleagues Based On Personality 

How to Effectively Appreciate Colleagues Based On Personality 

The first step to effectively appreciating your colleagues is to learn the ways in which they receive praise best. For some, it’s verbally expressing gratitude or encouragement; for others, a written note has the greatest impact. For those who appreciate words of encouragement, you can give them a shoutout during a 1-on-1 or group session, depending on what you think they would be most comfortable with. For lovers of the written word, something as simple as a sticky note on their desk saying “great job” or “thank you” can go a long way. Paying attention to each team member’s personality results in each individual feeling truly seen and your feedback being more genuine. The impact of a bouquet of flowers versus taking a stressful task off someone’s plate can make all the difference!

Playing to Each Co-Worker’s Strengths

Playing to Each Co-Worker’s Strengths

Another way to show team members they are appreciated is to acknowledge their specific strengths. By taking the time to understand the strengths and weaknesses of an individual, you can personalize your feedback in a way that shows you truly see them. When possible, you can make adjustments to one’s responsibilities so that they are better utilizing their strengths and doing more work that brings them energy. This approach prioritizes the well-being of the team and results in better performance. 

A Few Ways to Further Personalize Praise: 

A Few Ways to Further Personalize Praise: 

  • Tailor your compliments to what you genuinely feel and have observed. Specificity makes your appreciation more impactful.
  • Consider public and private recognition. Some individuals appreciate public acknowledgment, while others prefer quieter, one-on-one praise. 
  • Consider a project in its entirety and which person is best for each step in the process. Placing team members in areas that give them energy has a significant impact on the individual and the rest of the team.
  • Complete regular check-ins with your team to allow the opportunity to provide encouragement and receive feedback from each person. Sometimes, the best way to provide encouragement is to simply listen!

Culture Spark is Here to Help!

Recognizing and appreciating the different types of contributions according to your colleague’s unique personality can significantly enhance the positivity and productivity of your work environment. By noticing and vocalizing each team member’s unique strengths, you foster a culture of respect, collaboration, and mutual growth. If your company needs a cultural revolution, Culture Spark is here to help!  Sheryl has the tools necessary to identify and play to each of your colleagues’ strengths. Her years of experience have helped leaders build culture as competitive advantage. A fully realized, thriving company is possible, and Culture Spark can get you there! 

That’s our spark, what’s yours?