Appreciation At Work

Appreciation At Work

I've noticed a trend among my High Potential clients, they feel unappreciated.  Now why would the best and brightest in a company ever feel unappreciated? Perhaps its because Managers aren't taught that it is a key to getting results through others? A recent discussion with a Manager of a High Potential was enlightening.  When I suggested expressing more appreciation for the things that were being done right, the Manager looked at me and said, "If I tell him that, he (the high potential) will already think he's at the top and won't work harder.  In fact, it may make him too complacent". AHA! This Manager has a belief that being appreciated is detrimental to someone's career, no wonder he doesn't express appreciation! I asked him to experiment with some specific appreciation to this employee to test his hypothesis:  Over the course of the next 2 months he will find specific and authentic things to express appreciation for.  I'll report back on his discoveries---is he right about how the employee will react?