A typical complaint of working people in virtually all industries is that they either feel completely unappreciated, or at the very least under-appreciated. There seems to be an unspoken assumption that workers are lucky to have jobs—and the fact they have jobs is appreciation enough. Any demands, expectations, or even hopes of verbal or behavioral appreciation is often treated as trivial or unnecessary.
The problem is, people need and deserve to feel appreciated. People who feel appreciated are happier, less stressed, and more loyal than those who feel taken for granted. In fact, they are usually harder workers, they quit less often, show up on time and get along with others. Conversely, people who are (or even feel) unappreciated often feel resentful and lose their enthusiasm for their work. They are no fun to be around and not much fun to work with.
Even if someone is just doing their job, it's critical that they feel appreciated. Why not go out of your way to make sure those you work with know that you genuinely appreciate them. Praise often. Dish out compliments. If it's at all possible and appropriate, send a card, e- mail, or better yet, a handwritten note. Perhaps the greatest things you can do is look the person in the eye and tell them how much you appreciate them. Make your appreciation known. Do all of this often. By remembering to appreciate the people you work with, your business relationships will be enhanced and, as importantly, you'll be actively making everyone's day a little brighter—including your own.