First, let’s look at two definitions of “appreciate” that apply to this tip:
To understand how good or useful someone or something is
Used to thank someone in a polite way or to say that you are grateful for something they have done
I’m thinking those two definitions blend in with each other. Someone who is appreciative understands how good or useful someone or something is and they communicate this in some way.
Ideally, you are looking for someone with a deep reservoir of appreciation, an appreciation of other people, the things other people do and even an appreciation for one’s environment.
We do enjoy the employee who sincerely thanks us for improving their work environment in some way.
“Bob, that new phone system you had installed is working really well. Thank you for doing that, Bob!”
“Thank you for creating the room where we can keep our lunch refrigerated and grab a snack during the day. Very helpful, Bob.”
“The Sunday picnic for the staff was off the charts. You really went out of your way to make that a great afternoon. My wife was blown away. Thank you, Bob.”
Now, if that appreciation extends to their fellow employees, that’s an even bigger plus.
Let’s find out if we’ve got that from your candidate.
“Alice, at your last job, tell me three things that you appreciated about the other employees you worked with.”
If Alice is the “appreciative sort” she should be able to tell you three things easily and quickly.
Going a bit further, you could ask, “Alice, how did you let these employees know that you appreciated them?”
When someone voices their appreciation of you and the things you do, you know how that makes you feel.
Well, the same is true of your employees. When someone who is openly appreciative of others, that has a very positive effect on the work place.
I’m not talking about an airy-fairy thing here. I’m not talking about someone who is nice to others because there’s something to be gained from being nice.
We know when we see genuine appreciation.
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In closing folks, there’s a huge difference between those who appreciate others and those who do not. It’s a fabulous trait to have on board.
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