Showing Appreciation

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10 (NIV) 

Several years ago, a book was published that revealed “the missing ingredient” or “the hidden accelerator” in the workplace. Researchers Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton interviewed 200,000 over a ten-year period and concluded that appreciation tops the list of things employees say they want from their bosses.

Their research showed that of the people who report high morale at work, almost ninety-five percent agree that their managers show appreciation. Seventy-nine percent of employees who quit their jobs cite a lack of appreciation as the key reason for leaving. Fifty-six percent of employees who report low morale also give their managers low marks for showing appreciation. 

They wrote that "The simple … act of a leader [or a spouse, parent, coach, mentor, or friend] expressing appreciation to a person in a meaningful … way is the missing accelerator that can do so much but is used so sparingly." 

In the business world, most managers could transform their workplaces by showing appreciation. In marriage, spouses could bring blessing into their relationship by showing appreciation. In parenting, dads and moms could grow their children by showing appreciation.

Of course, Gostick and Elton aren’t discovering anything new. They are just validating what the Bible has long taught. Paul wrote in Romans 12:10 “Honor one another above yourselves.” To honor someone means to value them. Showing appreciation is simply a way of honoring someone. 

When was the last time you honored someone at home, at work, at school, at play or wherever you find yourself in significant relationships? 

Perhaps it’s time to show a little appreciation.

Something to think about…