a culture of appreciation and recognition

Below is a post from one of my peers, Andrea, who joined the Talent Acquisition Strategy & Operations team last year:

How many times do you stop to say thanks to someone you work with? When was the last time you expressed gratitude to one of your employees? Have you ever received an email from a business partner just to tell you how much they appreciate the work you did for them?

When I started my job at Target seven months ago, one of the first things I noticed was how often my new coworkers recognized others for their work. Team meetings start with recognition; team members thank each other or share with the team how someone on another team did a great job, and our manager reads emails she’s received from business partners about the work our team has done.

I’ve worked for a few other companies and while I never felt underappreciated, I have never worked at a place where recognition was such a focus. In fact, at first I thought it was little overboard! And I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to find enough things to show appreciation for.

However, after a few weeks, I found myself excited to look for opportunities to say thank you. I started writing down when someone helped me complete a project and made notes when someone hit a milestone or achieved a goal. I really looked forward to the opportunity to publically thank my co-workers for the work they did. It was fun to recognize others and gratifying to receive their thanks in return.

There are many reasons I decided to take this position at Target – among them being Target’s reputation for developing great leaders. However, joining a culture of appreciation and recognition was not on my list of must-haves before accepting the position. But after a few short months of living each workday in this culture, I think about work differently. Feeling appreciated and having the opportunity to share gratitude regularly not only makes work better – it makes life better.

If a culture of appreciation and recognition isn’t on your list of must-haves when you consider taking a new position, it should be. It is definitely on my list now!

*Picture is of Andrea and her direct report, Amanda with a recent Great Team Card Award

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  • Sarah

    May 4th, 2012

    The culture of recognition is definitely unique! It also helps that Amanda and Andrea are total rock stars 🙂

  • brice jerew

    July 6th, 2017

    hi sarah my name is brice jerew in i need a job like for the summer in like computer if so can you find me a computer job for the summer in im good with computer thank you for your patients in yes today is 7/6/17 thank you in have a nice day?

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    July 18th, 2017


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