Praising Stability


I’m not sure it is the turkey or the dressing that we crave during the holidays. It’s more likely the promise of it. The continuity. The foundation.

It can all be “less than” (carry out is fine), no matter the delivery (paper plates work) or setting (dining rooms are not required). It still works.

The important bits — the people, the conversation, the support — must be there.

In workplaces, we laud disruption at work. However, we rarely emphasize this same type of stability. For example, the promise that hard work will be recognized and rewarded.

This might explain why we see lower levels of satisfaction and engagement. In this domain as well — it not the delivery that matters or the setting.

Simply say “thank you” does matter. Noticing the hard work. Spreading the word about a job well done.

It doesn’t need to be a grand gesture.

It is just keeping the promise.

More on recognizing employees:

Please note: I’m sharing more frequently during the holiday season — 30 Thoughts for 30 Days!

Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist. She is a charter member of the LinkedIn Influencer Program. Her thoughts on work life have appeared in various outlets including Talent Zoo, Forbes, Quartz and The Huffington Post.

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