How many times have we heard the saying that a business is only as good as its people? Or that employees are a company’s greatest resource? Countless, I have no doubt. But do business leaders really practice what they preach? Do they really value and appreciate the people that keep their business running, or do they sometimes take them for granted?

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Shanee Moret, a Marketing Strategist and the Founder of Growth Academy, a community aimed at helping high achievers to grow their online influence, recently shared a personal story about the importance of appreciation, and the message is clear: “Appreciation is more powerful than we think.”

Sharing a friend’s experience at work, Shanee recounts how his boss yelled at him in front of his colleagues for being 13 minutes late for work, without being given a chance to explain himself.

“Over six months working at the company, it was the only time he had ever been late,” Shanee writes, and “On multiple occasions, he had even taken work home or stayed late to prove this dedication.”

That day, he decided to look for another job. Had his boss showed compassion and treated his employee with respect, he would have found that the reason he was late had to do with personal health and relationship issues. Instead, his reaction drove his employee away.

“People leave because of poor leadership, to go where they may be heard and appreciated,” the Founder of Growth Academy writes, highlighting the importance of treating your people with respect and appreciation for their hard work.

Appreciation, she adds, “can change someone’s day. Or it can change their life.”

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