Day 945. Simple method to motivate your employees.

November 18, 2013

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 945.  Friday, October 25, 2013
As I was leaving the house I thought about work.  I predicted it wouldn’t be a very pleasant morning—my coworker and I have a deadline we need to meet by noon.  Oh, the stress and unhappiness!

When I arrived at work I checked my email.  I received an email with the subject line, “Thank you.”

I couldn’t remember the last time I received an email with that subject.  All the other emails with clever and boring subject lines just faded in the background.

I must click on the Thank You email.

It was just two sentences but they were better than the best Java Chip Frappuccino I’ve had.  They were better than the red roses I received for my 12 year anniversary at work.  Even better than a big juicy steak!

Judith:  “Thank you for always staying late when I have to prepare for a trip.  I appreciate your help.”

I tackled my work with more interest and faced the morning with far more optimism than I expected to have.

The Dale Carnegie principle Judith used in this story is from How to Win Friends and Influence People:
Principle 2.  Give honest, sincere appreciation. 

The lesson:  Want to have influence?  Want to be respected?  Show you are human—show you are humble by acknowledging the help others provide you.  Yes, employees are paid to do their jobs.  But being acknowledged for the work they do can go a long way in producing job satisfaction and productivity.

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles By the Smiling Daffodil


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