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There is clearly an appreciation deficit in this country.  This employee retention trainer finds this astounding in light of the fact that most bosses don’t feel appreciated themselves.  I’ve yet to figure out why the vast majority of bosses don’t give their people more “C.R.A.P.” in general.  (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise).  After all, this is not the 1950’s when there was a far more autocratic style of leadership.  We are 70 years removed from that time and we still don’t get it.  It’s time to wake up!

A well know statistic shows that teams that hear 5 positives for every 1 negative are higher performing than teams that hear less than that ratio.  (Note:  This statistic actually applies to good relationships at home as well).  Every leader should be showing their people more appreciation if for no other reason…they get higher performance from their team.  The guide I like to use is that if you are NOT showing appreciation five times per week for what one person is doing, they are either a pretty lousy employee or you are too stingy with your appreciation.  

My guideline is based on the fact that saying things like “nice job,” “looks good,” “keep up the good work,” or even “thanks” count for one appreciation point.  It could be a high five, a fist bump…anything…I don’t care.  People will get the message.  This is particularly important with the Covid-19 virus and so many people working remotely.  People feel cut off and I have heard from countless employees how they hear less positives than ever before.

Even if you struggle giving out appreciation, if you are a leader you should be doing it out of self-interest.  After all, who would not want a higher performing team?  This employee recruitment expert will leave you with one final thought.  76% of millennials say they would think about leaving their job if they didn’t feel appreciated.  With millennials making up a huge percentage of the workforce now, you need to be giving out appreciation because it’s a great employee retention strategies.  In fact, it’s becoming a must.  If someone doesn’t deserve the 5-1 ratio, you have performance issues that are a topic for another article!

When working with organizations as an employee retention trainer, I tell participants that C.R.A.P. works and the “A” (Appreciation) is an integral part of it.  So, get out there and show some appreciation.  Remember…Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.®  (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise)  Why?  Because C.R.A.P. Works!


Reach out to me on LinkedIn, call or text me at 414-305-9626 or click on the link below to find out how to Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.® and learn the C.RA.P. philosophy AND how it can reduce employee turnover by 35-80%