Theodore Roosevelt one said: “The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.”
When we give esteem to people we acknowledge their efforts, their work. On the other hand we give esteem toward people just as acknowledgment for being here without any external reasons.
This means that ultimately that we also give esteem even when somebody makes mistakes.
Esteem can encourage when it’s given in moments of imperfection. We give esteem for mistakes – not in order to encourage making mistakes but to strengthen the self-esteem of the individual. When people receive esteem even in moments of imperfection they are freer to handle it in a mature way – making their self-esteem grow.
Visiting the outstanding museums in Washington D.C. we witnessed how patient and friendly Smithsonian museum employees are toward visitors.
To work in a museum is an inconspicuous service job. Most visitors hardly notice they are there until they need something.
But without these workers it wouldn’t be possible to enjoy a museum as calmly and securely as we do.
Museum employees deserve esteem for their work and dedication. They help us with directions and information about the exhibition. We can thank them with words and a smile.
We can express our esteem toward their presence and work with a friendly greeting.
After writing about people who sometimes work in thankless jobs such as nurses and mailmen we take a look at another group of under-appreciated men and women: road maintenance workers.
Most of us who drive admit that we sometimes don’t have very positive thoughts towards road maintenance workers because they often delay our travels.
A public sign of esteem was given on April 1, 2009 at Stanford by the Department of Buildings and Grounds. The 2009 Grounds Annual Customer Service Award was given to Stanford’s road maintenance crew.
A simple sign of esteem which we can all give is to simply be patient. Give workers plenty of room as you drive by and slow down. A smile and a wave is a great sign of esteem for their work.
There is always hope even in hard economic times. The challenge is how we handle these times. We can give up and wait for outside help or we can take our fortune in our hands and move forward.
The State of Michigan’s “No Worker Left Behind” program encourages the latter option by supporting people who are willing to make a change in their lives.
Being jobless doesn’t mean that there’s no option other than to cross one’s arms and to wait for financial help from somewhere.
Through NWLB Michigan residents can attend a community college tuition-free in order to upgrade their skills so they can move into emerging industries such as renewable energy. Being jobless doesn’t have to mean hopelessness. It means a chance for a new beginning, for an exciting life change.
Persons who attend NWLB get esteem for not-giving-up in difficult times, for their openness toward a new career and for their working abilities.
Assistance that supports a person’s own initiative as “help for self-help” works with esteem – and this is the best motivator toward important changes in life.
Santa Fe, New Mexico has its farmers market every Saturday, even in the winter, offering a huge variety of vegetables, fruits, flowers, breads and even handicrafts.
Farmers markets take place each weekend all over the country. It’s one of the best opportunities for farmers to present the results of their work and to receive esteem by selling their products.
We can give esteem toward farmers by going regularly to their markets and by buying their products, that’s for sure. But the most effective esteem we can give is when we tell the farmers how much we appreciate their work and enjoy their products.
Farmers markets are great places to meet farmers and to express our esteem directly toward them.
We encounter “inconspicuous” work all the time. We often use these daily services without being aware how they facilitate our life.
For example, we take for granted the work of mailmen or sanitation workers. Often we don’t see them, only the result of their daily work.
Their work is inconspicuous but nevertheless important. We couldn’t have a normal life without them.
Giving esteem to these people may require more effort to express it. We need to meet them to give our esteem to them.
Some people have the tradition of giving a small Christmas gift in appreciation of their work. This is an important step toward a more broadly given esteem throughout the year. Whenever we have the opportunity to do it we should grab the chance to express our esteem toward those inconspicuous workers by acknowledging their important work.
Today we celebrate Human Rights Day. Human rights are the basis of all thoughts about esteem. Esteem essentially includes the thought of respect. Showing respect toward others is an action of esteem. It means we understand and acknowledge our fellow men. It concede human rights to them.
It’s easy to define human rights. In order to do so, we just have to look at ourselves. What we wish for ourselves we should facilitate to others. We have many human needs. Some needs are more life-essential such as eating, having a shelter and a safe life. Others are more life-enabling such as providing open access to education, health care and work. Also important are the more life-fulfilling needs such as the freedom of thinking, speaking and believing.
All these human needs require mutual respect – or esteem. In order to create a human and just society it’s essential to observe human rights. Celebrate your human rights!
Some employers complain about their high staff turnover. It makes us think about the role of esteem in companies and how important esteem is for a successful leadership.
One of the best moments of lived esteem is to show employees that they are important for the company. By doing this employers give their work and themselves a high value, a sense.
In my post about esteem and happiness you’ll find an example of how a boss can estimate the work of his employees.
Leadership doesn’t mean to be exaggerated in its praise of an employee. A serious compliment is only given for a reason and also felt by the recipient as honest. There is no doubt that esteemed employees give their best effort for successful work.
I’m happy that there are more and more thoughts about leadership which involves esteem.
There is nothing new about the tight connection between a functioning economy and a flowering community. One successful company can maintain or even keep alive a little community such as Newton Falls.
Newton Falls, near Clifton, Ohio is so small that the census doesn’t keep track of its population. The main employer in Newton Falls was the Paper Mill which was closed by its owners in 2000. Most of the citizens lost their jobs, and a big migration from Newton Falls started. The little village became an endangered species.
Two men, both employees of the old Paper Mill weren’t ready to accept this fate. They did everything they could to make the Paper Mill work again. Their motivation was “Stop thinking, start doing something!”
Indeed they did it. Thanks to their perseverance the mill, under the the new name “Newton Falls Fine Paper”, has started to make paper again. The truly wonderful thing is that even more people than previously have found a job in the new Paper Mill. Newton Falls is rising again and becoming home for numerous new citizens.
Work means esteem and life. The impact of only one company for a whole village can be enormous. This resilient mill deserves to get esteem as do the two men who made it’s revival possible.