I've been thinking a bit about value and encouragement recently - specifically about being valued and feeling valued at work, and what a huge difference this can make to someone and to their attitude to work.
This week's @museumhour chat (they are well worth a follow as they have excellent weekly GLAMR related discussions) was about staff rewards and benefits and got me pondering ways in which we can ensure good work is being celebrated, and not simply let go. I've also been reading Matt Finch's blog Drink your way to better librarianship and thinking about an individual's and an organisation's responsibilities when it comes to professional development and training, and how sometimes people can need a push in the right direction or a bit of encouragement in order to release their potential.
Feeling valued for what you do and feeling like you are being supported and encouraged in your work can make such a difference to an individual's confidence, self-belief and engagement. Ok, I've not done any research on this but I sure know that I feel better when I feel valued - and conversely, not feeling valued sucks. So it's great that celebrating successes seems to be becoming a thing - even if it just feels like you are doing your job. If you are a bus user - should you thank the driver when you get off? After all they've only done what they're supposed to. But thanking them adds that you appreciate their work and, I think, makes you both feel good.
I've also done a little bit of reading about transactional analysis and the stroke economy, and how those little words of praise - be they unconditional "you're awesome" or conditional "you dealt with that situation really well" - and acknowledgement can brighten your day, make you feel more connected and perhaps stave off negativity. Apparently it takes at least five positive comments to negate a negative one - so get out there and thank people, praise people and let them know you're valued. Who knows what you could unleash!
Let me ask you - do you feel valued at work? And what makes you feel valued at work?
And if you like this blog - let me know! I love a good stoke @katbhave