So what’s a good way to pass the time when the storm clouds won’t? Bowling? Maybe, but I was tired of looking at gutters. A good book? Maybe, but instead of reading, I thought I’d do a little writing of my own.
I took a few moments to thank the people on my team. I wrote them all personal emails and acknowledged what a big help they have been over the last couple of months. I outlined how important they have been and applauded them for helping the team as a whole accomplish its mission. I also pointed out how their unique and individual contributions made the unit operate better.
Never underestimate the power of recognition. Blessing White has long demonstrated a compelling correlation between a manager’s propensity to encourage employees and a worker’s subsequent levels of engagement. Good managers, those who lead by setting clearly communicated goals and providing both encouragement and feedback on a consistent basis, have a much more positive influence on an employee’s attitude.
So, if you are looking to brighten up someone’s day, you really don’t need a lot of sunshine—just a little recognition because a little acknowledgement can go a long way. The motivational ability of frontline managers is considerable for motivation and engagement levels.