And if a recent survey is anything to go by some employers have their work cut out for them. A poll of 4,800 Australian workers by Survey Sampling International found less than half are happy with their jobs.
"Too many employees today are waiting to be praised for their efforts by their boss or colleagues."
Mike Irving, Performance coach
I suspect this high rate of job dissatisfaction stems from a lack of recognition at work - but not from the source you might think.
Too many employees today are waiting to be praised for their efforts by their boss or colleagues and if they don’t get the accolades they crave, it creates resistance and upsets.
Resentment creeps in if a staff member has completed a project and the boss isn’t singing their praises around the office, which distracts them from their next task.
It’s surprising how difficult it is for a staff member to move forward in their work if they haven’t received the recognition they feel they deserve.
They also leave themselves open to manipulation by others.
Bosses and colleagues can give and withdraw recognition, which may see staff become emotionally unstable and hinder their ability to perform their job
This is why this one question is so important: have you acknowledged yourself?
It’s a question when asked by the boss to staff will encourage self-leadership and improve self-esteem. This happens because workers are directed to recognise their own achievements rather than waiting for others to.
By asking staff ‘Have you acknowledged yourself?’ they are supported to cross their own finish lines and manage the agreements they make and keep with themselves.
It’s a conversation that might last less than a minute but it subtly helps staff feel good about themselves and makes a project feel complete, enabling them to then focus on the next task at hand.