Friday, July 10, 2015

Your job--what's great about it?

Susan Ricker, CareerBuilder, writes about how to find appreciation in the workplace.

Sometimes a career change is not practical--but an attitude change might be.

She quotes Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine, authors of The Power of Thanks. They differentiate between appreciation and gratitude.

Appreciation is a little  more detached--recognizing the value of the work in the abstract.

Gratitude is more personal--appreciating what YOU did.

Start by showing both to others.

These confer meaning to actions. In turn, the workplace becomes a meaningful place.

Look at Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs--the foremost needs are for food and shelter. Then come the psychological needs--for a sense of safety, social contact, self-esteem, recognition and status. The highest need is self-actualization.

The workplace can provide all of these. You have to think about it and decide which are most important to you--you may already be getting those.

But a big one is appreciation--companies and managers that provide that keep people.

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