When someone you supervise does a great job or finishes a big project, you probably praise that person. This may take the form of a high five, a cup of coffee, or verbal appreciation: “Great work! You really showed that project how it’s done!”
Noticing the achievements of others may not be written in our job descriptions, but we know it’s important for employee morale and motivation. For many supervisors, giving positive feedback is second nature.
But how often do we take the time to appreciate our own work, and give ourselves a pat on the back? It’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut of slogging through tasks day after day, never feeling accomplished or appreciated. Try this: every time you finish something on your to-do list, say to yourself (out loud or silently), “Good job.” Or, if you’re feeling really celebratory, proud, or just plain amazing, you might try, “Way to go! You’re the best librarian ever!” Maybe you’re the kind of person who feels appreciated by a short break and a hot drink; celebrate your daily accomplishments by making yourself a cup of tea in the break room or, better yet, leaving the library for a trip to a nearby coffee shop.
Whatever you do, be sure to give yourself a little praise and positive feedback every so often. You deserve it!