Not long ago, people would gain self-esteem from a job well done. However, with recent layoffs, increased work responsibilities, and lack of time for performance reviews, self-esteem in the workplace has taken a beating. Not only does this make employees feel bad, it hinders their ability to be more productive and creative. Additionally, it weakens the immune system, forcing employees to take sick days. What can be done about this?
There is one small change that can be done that will increase the self-esteem of everyone in your office, including yourself!
What is it?
Show appreciation! A paycheck is not enough to sustain interest in work. A recent study done by Harvard Business Review found that when employees felt their needs were met, then they became more engaged with the task at hand. In order to have healthy self-esteem, people need to know that their contribution counts. Here are some easy ways to do just that:
- Say thank you. You probably say "thank you" when someone hands you a report. But by being more specific, it changes the merit of the work. Instead of "thank you" try "thank you for always having this done ahead of time" or "thank you for working late on this."
- Create a bulletin board of achievements. Post all the "gold stars" that fellow employees earn. They do not only need to be work specific, such as "Bob diagnosed a really difficult case" but celebrate life-achievements as well, such as "Bob ran a marathon for charity this weekend.
- Stop the negative talk. Don't let fellow employees speaking poorly of themselves or the work situation. Negative energy is contagious.
- Pay tribute to accomplishments! Win a big case? Celebrate by treating the office to a pizza party! By taking the time to spotlight victories, employees begin to seek even more workplace triumphs.
- Remember the little things. Take the time to recall that your co-worker loves sushi, and bring in a newspaper article on a new sushi restaurant opening up. When people feel seen and heard, their self-esteem skyrockets.
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Mary A. Goehring
Transcription Plus, LLC
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