Will your brain be on dopamine this week?©

It’s hard to ignore (well, I guess you could if you wanted to) the mounting brain and other research that is proving that appreciation, recognition and gratitude increases workplace engagement, motivation and retention.

One study from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania found this:

“Researchers randomly divided university fund-raisers into two groups. One group made phone calls to solicit alumni donations in the same way they always had. The second group—assigned to work on a different day—received a pep talk from the director of annual giving, who told the fund-raisers she was grateful for their efforts. During the following week, the university employees who heard her message of gratitude made 50% more fund-raising calls than those who did not.”

 The part of the brain that is affected by appreciation and gratitude is the hypothalamus which controls dopamine – the “reward neurotransmitter”. Basically, when we show appreciation or receive it our brain make us feel good. 

Here are some ideas I found from a Forbes article entitled, 25 Low-Cost Ways to Reward Employees:

 

  • Just say thank you for the effort a team member as made recently.
  • Throw a pizza, cake or hummus (ha, I added that one) in their honor.
  • Grant a long lunch break, extra break or comp time.
  • Post a thank you note in the lobby with their name on it.
  • Have the entire team sign a framed certificate of appreciation.
  • Have the whole team give them a standing ovation at the beginning of the next meeting.

If you really want to know what will ring the appreciation bell for someone that you care about, try asking your spouse, child, friend or other family member to take the 5 Languages of Love free assessment. It will help you understand which of these 5 languages make them feel the best when they receive it:  

  • Quality time
  • Gifts
  • Words of Affirmation (that’s mine!)
  • Acts of Service
  • Physical Touch

It was incredibly helpful to our family when we realized that each one of us had a different language of love, but were constantly trying to give what we wanted to get from the other. I wanted words of affirmation so I gave those all the time whereas my daughter was happy with the most minor gift (even a cup cake counted) and my husband Allen, we found out, was all about quality time and couldn’t give a hoot about acts of service. The knowledge we got from one another, after taking the assessment, helped us more effectively give and receive appreciation to one another.

Gary Chapman’s book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace could be just the right gift for yourself and your team this holiday season. 

 

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