Years ago, I took an undergraduate course on organizational behavior. The nugget I came away with is that employees/people in the work place, more than anything else want recognition. According to my observations and reading over the years, this has proven itself to be true.
People want to know that they matter, that they are valued, and that what they contribute is worthwhile.
Now, if we take this same concept and put it into a personal relationship context, would you not agree that it is alive and well in any relationship… be it between family members, between parents and children, between spouses, between friends, or between acquaintances.
People want to be acknowledged for whatever they contribute.
So what does it take to acknowledge another person? It takes listening and paying attention to what is going on.
There are times that accomplishment is obvious and therefore recognition can and should be quickly given.
But what about times when the accomplishment is not so obvious and the recognition is not forthcoming from another? What do you do in that case?
Do you reiterate the accomplishment or whatever you feel should have been acknowledged? How do you do that?
It could take some thoughtfulness on your part to bring this to the surface and give yourself the acknowledgement anyway. Even if it’s not coming from anyone else.
How have you handled this type of situation and what success have you had?
Would love to get your thoughts on this.