Employee Appreciation: The Simple Logical Reason to Show It
A training company executive called and asked if I would step in and teach one of their courses. One of their instructors had suddenly left and they were in a jam. I taught the course for them and everyone was pleased.
When he asked me to do more subcontracting for them, I thanked him and yet declined. I explained that I had transitioned out of doing subcontracts and had done that one as a colleague to help them out.
He replied: “Kate, don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”
In that short statement, he made me doubly glad I had declined his offer. He had no understanding of collaboration or partnership.
It was clear that he saw himself as powerful. He who had the opportunity was feeding others. It never occurred to him that when I taught as a subcontractor for them, we were feeding each other. It was a two-way work relationship not alms for a starving person.
Implications on Employee Appreciation
I reflected on that as I prepared an employee appreciation workshop for new leaders. Some of them had worked for leaders who didn’t believe in showing appreciation. Since they had no model for employee appreciation, it was important to explore its value.
That is the the simplest reason for leaders to show employee appreciation. When leaders treat employees as paid resources rather than valuable, essential relationships, they are guaranteeing turnover. They starve the organization of the very talent needed to succeed.
Companies and leaders are not feeding employees. All employees in an organization feed the success of the whole. It’s the simple logic of employee appreciation.
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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