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We are all different. But I'd like some different perspectives into what makes us all feel appreciated.
I personally prefer constructive and collaborative feedback. I enjoy private "thank yous" but enjoy my accomplishments recognized publicly as well (if for nothing else than to help people understand what I do).
So, lets hear about you!
Hmm, tricky question. In business, I've got to say I love recognition. It makes me feel appreciated and valued - especially in small business where you lack the interactions of a busy office with lots of co-workers.
But I also like getting constructive feedback because it helps us see what we're doing well and where there could be room for improvement.
I like continued feedback on a job well done. I like knowing regularly that I'm meeting expectations.
I think whenever I have gone above and beyond a public acknowledgement was valued. As little as a CC'd email can mean so much.
I can think of one situation where my hard work was recognised as the hard work of my manager. It's the mark of a good leader where your team is exceeding expectations and their achievements are celebrated. Recognising your employees is a reflection of your own achievement as a leader and mentor. Taking the credit will never make your employees want to ever exceed expectations again.
I see that your a regular contributor to the site, I would like to acknowledge that. Without regular contributors like you the whole concept kinda doesnt work as well!
Is that reinforcing for you?
If it is the likelihood of you increasing the behaviour that is being reinforced is higher.
If it's not then the likelihood is that the behaviour will decrease.
Fairly simplistic answers to an area of Science as complex as us, individuals and humans!
My answer is certainly not meant to be blase or condescending in anyway, the Science of Human Behaviour is a fascinating subject.
Your question is actually the best answer, you need to ask the individual cos it's different strokes for different folks.
The father of Human Behaviour, BK Skinner, will tell you that the biggest variables around the concept of human behaviour are actually the environment and timing.
Telling the wife/girlfriend/partner/mistress that she looks hot in that dress...the next morning...just aint as reinforcing as when she steps into the doorway! Guaranteed.
That's about the effectiveness of timing on behaviour. The more immediate the reinforcement, the greater influence on behaviour.
Telling the wife/girlfriend/partner/mistress that she looks hot in that dress....in front of her work colleagues....as opposed to the privacy of your own home...is going to elicit a completely different response. Guaranteed. That's about the effectiveness of the environment on behaviour. The environment alone can influence or change behaviour.
I enjoyed responding to this, I feel reinforced and rewarded.