However, Gallup also found that individuals who receive regular recognition and praise are fully engaged in their workplace. Their engagement was demonstrated by increased individual productivity, increased engagement among their coworkers, better safety records and fewer accidents on the job, and higher customer loyalty and satisfaction scores.
Try using these steps. First, prevent bucket dipping by paying attention to how you speak to and treat others. Second, stop yourself from doing or saying something to or about someone that is hurtful. Third, consider what others are doing to be helpful. Fourth, recognize when others have been helpful or have done good work. Finally, reverse the Golden Rule and DON’T do for others what you would like, rather, DO for others what they would like by listening carefully and remembering the things that they say are important to them.
For example, know whether they would prefer a private thank you note or praise in front of others. Then, when you recognize their contribution act on something they mentioned.
It really is all about what you value in your life and the lives of each person you encounter. Start today to be a filler rather than a dipper. Even the smallest efforts can add up to sizable outcomes.
Laura Blackwell is a nephrology social worker at several Ohio units and welcomes your comments at LauraBlackwell@DialysisDynamics.com or visit her on the Web at www.DialysisDynamics.com