Appreciation Day – North Rand Region

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Not too long ago, when I still worked at Nedbank. The North rand region, pushed me into action.

Every morning when I would step into our offices, long sad faces and droopy shoulders, would be my welcome to the day. It felt like a kick to the stomach and I had a burning urge to turn the low energy around. At first I tried to just ignore it, I had many HR reports due and meetings to attend and knew that time was of the essence. But when I got to the coffee area and saw all the long faces…I just had to…

So I grabbed a couple of sticky note-pads and I rushed off to find Liezell and my HR Manager, TK. “Today”, I told them is “Appreciation day, let’s go and announce it on the floor and get some energy and smiles going.”

We tackled the teams in groups, and told them that each of them had to write a note of appreciation to a team-mate or friend or manager. Critical was that the note had to show the name of the person and what he or she was being appreciated for. Who ever received the most appreciations would get a reward.

Well I must admit, initially this announcement was greeted with skepticism. “Is there really a day like this?” some wanted to know. “Nope”, I said, “Its made up but imagine if you worked in a place where everyone appreciated what you did. Imagine appreciating your loved ones at home. Image the world we could be living in.” Well in no time there was energy and smiles on the floor.

I think the biggest reward is in being appreciated and showing appreciation. A burst of positive energy also shifts, how you tackle your work, I believe.

Sadly I got stuck in my reports and meetings and was only able to get back to the floor later the evening when most people had left for the day. I saw appreciation notes all over the place and it was so heart-warming to see. I was pleased to discover that I received a couple of appreciation notes myself. For the next couple of days it was such a pleasure walking into the office, there were smiles for miles.

 Appreciation is sometimes just the boost you need – for a more productive and meaningful life 🙂

Keep appreciating those close to you everyone.

With love and light

Ash

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