During a recent study, 200,000 employees were interviewed to discover the missing ingredient in their productivity. The results to this study were as follows: Topping the list, employees wanted appreciation and affirmation most from their superiors. This research implies that receiving affirmation is a basic human need and that numbers do not lie!
Does this surprise you? As an educator, I totally agree! For I remember excelling at those schools that were deep in appreciation and affirmation from superiors, parents, and students. This is why it is so vital that as parents or superiors to pay close attention to the power that appreciation and affirmation can play in productivity.
Why do you suppose this is true? The reason is, it is much easier to receive constructive criticism or improve with additional instruction only after you have been given a sufficient amount of tender affirmation. Let’s face it, we all need to feel valued and appreciated, and our work will reflect it!
I like to think of this approach as a sandwich effect. It involves, staying alert or on top of people doing a good job at home, school, or at the office offering sincere appreciation for their efforts. Next, providing additional support, direction, or further instruction as needed or requested. And finally, recognizing, affirming and appreciating additional efforts that are being shown throughout this process.
The power of affirmation has proven to be a valuable tool both at work and in the home, where children and adults can benefit. After all, only hungry minds can grow!
Champion Parenting, Inc. (Building Leaders for Life)