Excellent managers who have a team of highly motivated, independently acting employees know the importance of an appreciative approach.

Appreciation activates the frontal lobe of the cerebrum, which in turn is the seat of our emotional, social and rational intelligence. The more active this frontal lobe sends out its messenger substances, the higher the intellectual capacity.

Appreciative interaction with employees and colleagues is, therefore, one of the essential soft skills.

However, appreciation is not a reward where you get praise for specific tasks from time to time. In the working environment, essential goodwill is key. A culture where people feel supported and perceived daily promotes motivation and increases the quality of results.

in times of short-time work and home office it is especially important to create a frame, where people can meet and see each other – because only those who know each other well, and meet on a regular basis – no matter if personally or virtually, can appreciate each other. Ignorance and uncertainty can quickly lead to dissociation and, in the worst case, even to suspicion.

In the working environment, we are naturally swamped improving things, avoiding mistakes and optimising processes. It is important to speak openly about the types and consequences of errors. However, our brain tends to deal intensively with the negative consequences of mistakes. To have a balancing effect, it is important to continually draw attention to the positive and thus train the perception for situations of appreciation.

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