Money isn’t enough to make employees (even senior leaders) feel appreciated…

by | Sep 22, 2022

In a coaching session with a senior leader recently, he shared how his corporate boss sent him an email ACKNOWLEDGING and APPRECIATING him for his and his team’s effort on the turnaround of their facility—and for a job well done.

He was SO encouraged by the note of thanks that he took a screenshot of the email and SENT IT TO HIS MOM!

This is NOT a young, inexperienced leader.

This is a senior leader of a large organization with many employees.

Appreciation matters! At ALL levels.

Another senior leader recently checked in with his boss to see if he was tracking well and doing what was expected. His boss said: “You got your bonus, didn’t you? That should be enough to tell you.”

This leader, another very senior level executive, shared with me: “Actually, it ISN’T enough!”

This may shock a lot of leaders – even senior leaders – but the reality is MONEY ISN’T ENOUGH to make someone feel appreciated, valued or to confirm that they are performing well.

Contrary to what most might think, appreciation isn’t for the lower level, inexperienced employee who just needs a confidence “shot in the arm” or “pat on the back” —so to speak—to keep them motivated.

It’s for HUMAN BEINGS at ALL levels who are investing their greatest resource…their time and energy…to MAKE YOUR BUSINESS BETTER!

A paycheck may be an equal exchange for the value of that time. However, if you want employees who will stay with you for the long haul, they want, need and deserve more.

Maybe you’re thinking, Yes, I know this. It makes sense, but HOW?!

That’s one of the many things we cover in the Coach Approach to Leadership program we offer companies to help their leaders, at all levels, become better coaches and more effective in inspiring and motivating their employees.

I’d love to tell you more about it. You can schedule a discovery call with me.