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From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Appreciation noun – a feeling or expression of admiration, approval, or gratitude

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Recognition and Appreciation

We often use these words interchangeably, and think of them as the same thing, however, there is a difference between them. Recognition is about giving positive feedback based on results or performance. Appreciation, on the other hand, is about acknowledging a person’s inherent value. The point isn’t their accomplishments. It’s their worth as a person. It’s not what people do; appreciation is about who they are.

Here Are a Few Simple Ways to Show Appreciation to Those Around You

  • Listen.
    • Put down your phone, turn away from your computer, and genuinely listen to them.
  • Tell people what you value about them.
    • It can positively affect how someone feels about themselves and your relationship with them.
  • Check in.
    • Checking in with the people you work with by asking how they’re doing (and meaning it) and what they’re challenged by right now can show them that you care.

Recognition is appropriate and necessary when it’s earned and deserved. Appreciation is important all the time.

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