Where Are Your Manners?

Published: March 24, 2010
By: Faye Hollands

Most of us spend a big part of our lives at work, and regardless of our career choice, or how high-up the food chain we are, there’s one thing that we all crave which can make or break how good we feel about our job…

A Little Goes A Long Way

We all love recognition.  It’s a great feeling to know that your hard work, care, attention and effort are acknowledged.  Even if you love your job and find your daily tasks rewarding, a lack of recognition can still upset the apple cart when it comes to career satisfaction.

Unfortunately, the art of saying thank you and taking the time to let someone know you truly value them seems to be falling by the wayside.  In many organisations the absence of negative comments or criticsm is the closest some employee’s will get to recognition, which is both sad and demotivating.  Outside of the workplace, manners are being forgotten and people are being taken for granted.

There’s nothing more satisfying that receiving a ‘thank you’ for work you’ve done well.  Yes, a pay-rise or promotion is nice, but our career’s are about far more than money and title.

Think about how you react when someone tells you you’ve done a good job, or that they appreciate your help.  The warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing that you’ve done something well can make your day.

So when was the last time you recognised someone for a good job done?  Or thanked them for their time?  Or acknowledged the effort they went to for you?

If you’ve been on an interview recently, met a new client or networking contact, been to lunch with a supplier, or met with a new recruiter, take the time now to practice the art of manners and recognise them for their efforts.

Here are some simple and effective ways to show your appreciation: –

•    Send a hand-written thank you card
•    Write an email to tell them how well they’ve done
•    Nominate them for a recognition award
•    Refer a friend – referrals are a great way to recognise good work
•    Tag them on Facebook to let your network know they’ve done a good job
•    Provide a recommendation on Linkedin
•    Phone them and say thank you
•    Take them out for a coffee, lunch, dinner…

A few quick words can make a lasting impression, and if you’re building your career or business this is one tool that you can’t afford to forget about!

If you would like to find out more about how coaching can help you manage your time smartly and create a career you love book your free 30-minute coaching consultation now.  Simply click here to schedule your appointment.

Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting.  Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Time Management Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.  You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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