Appreciation is everything

I really love being a writer, but writing takes time, effort and focus - all attributes that have been in short supply for me lately.

Over the last five months, I've been working long hours and going to school. Now, I'm working long hours and studying for my certification tests in May.  What am I getting certified in? Human Resources.

Even though I've been handling the human resources responsibilities at work for over two years, I had no formal training in it. The company I work for agreed to help me cover tuition, so I agreed to put forth the effort and take the class.

The class was packed full of information I need as an HR Generalist. Aside from understanding the legalities involved in human resources, the next most important tidbit I took away from the class is that the #1 reason people are discontent in their jobs isn't pay, or benefits, or coworkers - it's that they don't feel appreciated.

Since that class, I have made a directed effort to let people know, here at work and at home, that I appreciate them. Not falsely so, but honestly so.

Saying thank you for peoples' efforts - from sweeping floors, to answering phones, to doing a good job on homework and grades, to doing the grocery shopping - tells them they have value, and the conscientiousness behind the "doing" of it should be recognized.

When I was a stay-at-home-mom, I didn't get a paycheck, vacation or sick days, days off or Christmas bonuses. The only "payment" I received was the appreciation and gratitude of my family. That's why I taught my girls to properly and generously use the words "please" and "thank you."

Now, I'm an office manager and human resources generalist for a multi-million dollar company. Even when giving direct instructions, I use "please" and "thank you" where appropriate, demonstrating respect and courtesy.

Everyone has value, and everyone should be appreciated for the value he or she brings to this world. If each of us takes the time to live a life that appreciates those around us, this world would be a much more pleasant place to live. Appreciation is everything.

John 13:34-35 English Standard Version (ESV)

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

How do you show appreciation to those around you? How do you prefer others to show appreciation for you?

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