In 2019 I decided to take some of my own advice and not work so much. In particular, I am, once again, reading for pleasure and not just reading for work.
Once upon a time, I read a lot of novels; but not for many years.
However, to the great disappointment of my husband, I read my books on my iPad. That way I always have it with me, I can read in the middle of the night, when I can’t sleep, and I just find it to be very practical.
And recently I have noticed that my eBook app is cheering me on. I get these notifications at night congratulating me on meeting my goals (that I don’t remember setting) of reading every day.
And the creators of these apps are clever people; because I look at that notification and feel a little bit pumped, a little bit more inclined to read again tomorrow night.
I have also dealt with some employers who tell me that they don’t understand why they “should” have to give praise to or thank people who are “just doing their job”. So that tells me that they don’t normally let their team know that they value them. Those employees do not get “seen”.
You can bet your bottom dollar that those employees probably don’t feel like they are valued. They probably feel that they are taken for granted.
I wonder what impact that has on the quality of their work; or their level of engagement.
If the makers of apps recognise that psychologically we are looking for feedback, recognition and a bit of a prod, then maybe we leaders should take a leaf out of their book.