Nothing makes life and work more wonderful than generous and supportive colleagues. These individuals can work miracles for your morale, sense of self-worth, and even your future career opportunities. Our university community is made stronger through your efforts to recognize and include others.
Give Public Praise (often and genuine)
Each and every day is filled with opportunities to acknowledge the good work of others (especially in public meetings). If someone (anyone) helped you recently (or you admired their effort or accomplishment) – be sure to sing their praise loud and clear when you next have the opportunity. This is often deeply appreciated by others.
Nominate (for an award, task or special project)
Many campus and other awards allow nominations from peers as well as managers and supervisors. If you see important and valuable contributions from colleagues and co-workers keep your eye on awards options and take the time to write a nomination letter. Even if the award is not received, you may share your letter of support with your nominee – this is sure to enhance your professional bond and boost morale. You may also consider suggesting a co-worker you admire for a task force or special project. Creating access to opportunity for others is an important form of recognition and helps to propel careers. Staff Recognition Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Awards.
Act as a Reference
Peers and co-workers can make excellent references. Who could better describe what it’s like to work directly with you on a day-to- day basis?
If someone you know has a special talent, tool, project update, or other neat “invention”, invite them to speak to or demonstrate this to your working group. You might also consider initiating a project where you can collaborate. Cross unit collaborations often generate highly creative solutions to complex problems and create new connections and support networks.
Personalize an Affirmation
My current supervisor has been known to leave small messages of affirmation on my desk (and once even left an awesome deck of baseball trading cards). I have had other co-workers leave flowers, candy, thank you notes, and other clever (personalized) tokens of appreciation. These small, (often unexpected) gestures can be very moving and inspiring. Small efforts can have big impact.
Here are a few examples of recognition for colleagues….
- Sudarshan Srirangapatanam used his design talent and genius to create beautiful visuals for an event I was hosting (as a pure favor).
- Kathy Mendonca loaned me her “earthquake tennis shoes” on a super busy “run around” day when I came to work in the wrong (very uncomfortable) shoes (truly amazing when one shares their shoes).
- Sophie-Marie Prime and Beomyun Han (Victoria) worked weekends to bring you Take 5 on time!
- Susan Hagstrom and her team sent a handwritten holiday card that included an especially lovely selfie.
What are the nicest things a colleague has done for you recently? If I did something nice for you…remind me what it was! Share the love people….
Fun Five: Queen of Five Hearts and Happy Valentine’s Day!