After a recent conference talk, a young woman approached me saying that my content aligned with a recent workplace experience.
She told me she received a phone call from her front desk office receptionist that she had a visitor in the lobby.
Arriving in the lobby, she was met by a deliveryperson who gave her a huge bouquet of flowers! Her colleagues surrounded her and shared that their project manager entered her name in a local radio contest. The purpose of the contest was to acknowledge a coworker who makes a difference in the lives of the people in their organization. When the radio DJ read the award-winning submission, she heard that the project manager called out her hard work, creativity and ability to work well with others.
"It truly is the most incredible professional experience I've had." She's not alone. According to a 2016 Forbes.com article "Employees who are appreciated have better relationships with leaders and colleagues."
Building great relationships-personal and professional- starts with connection. Let's take time today to appreciate and connect with someone.