The value of appreciation (in the workplace) and the common need we all share!

At SMART Human Resource Solutions, we try to engage regularly with current and prospective clients and our expansive network of followers. One of the ways we do this is through our social media channels by posting relevant HR information, inspirational quotes, and even weekly #FridayFunny memes.

Please understand that we are NOT social media experts. We are HR/Business professionals who thrive on helping people, building relationships, and creating better workplaces. However, like all small business owners, we wear many hats, and managing our social media channels is just one of our many important tasks.

Sometimes our posts are a HUGE hit and sometimes they don’t even get one “Like”!

In May 2021 we created a post about appreciation that included a graphic that said, “A person who feels appreciated will always do more than expected.”. This was our MOST popular post to date! [Click here to view the post.]

As I mentioned earlier, posts on social media can be a hit or a miss, but the engagement on this one really took us by surprise. It is still being liked, shared and commented on by people all over the world.  It’s really been kind of amazing, that something we posted here in Moncton, New Brunswick, is being seen exponentially throughout the world.

To be honest, we have been somewhat perplexed by its popularity – why did this post resonate with so many people?

I think the answer is simple, but sadly unfortunate. In this fast-paced world, everyone is juggling many balls. Everyone has their unique challenges. BUT, everyone has one very common characteristic – we all want to feel valued; we all want to feel appreciated; and, we all want someone to acknowledge our efforts.

This viral post is a reminder of that even with all the divisiveness in the world today, we are more alike than we are different. Every human wants to be appreciated and treated with respect. It’s a stark reminder that there is more that we have in common than what divides us.

Other than a few seconds of our time, it costs nothing to show people appreciation and simple acts of gratitude can make a big difference.

Please do me a favour when you are finished reading this and let someone know (especially someone in your workplace) how much you appreciate them.

A few simple words or one small act of thanks just might be the best part of someone’s day, week or year!


Matt Carter HR & Business Consultant