TAP In with Tristan : 3 Ways to Recognize Your Coworker’s Good Work

Tristan discusses three things we can do to show our coworkers appreciation in this digital age. It’s essential that we build fans of our work to help progress our careers, and our coworkers need to build a fanbase too. Working in a virtual setting can make this a bit more challenging, but here are a few ways to express your gratitude!

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What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, I’d like to discuss 3 things we can do to show our coworkers appreciation in this digital age.

It’s essential that we build fans of our work to help progress our careers. Fans are like your hype squad, the people who amp up the crowd. They give you a break from always hyping up yourself and are willing to tell anyone and everyone how great they think you are. As much as we need to build a fanbase for ourselves, our coworkers need to build a fanbase too. Since this can easily become a reciprocal relationship, I think it’s important that we take some time out to recognize those we believe are doing good work. Working in a virtual setting can make this a bit more challenging, but here are 3 ways to express your gratitude.

First, give them a Linkedin recommendation. I know this may seem basic, but similar to product or restaurant reviews, recommendations on a public platform like Linkedin act as social currency that can help boost their professional brand. These recommendations provide social proof that they do the work they say they do, which can help if they are ever on the job search, especially externally. Take the time to write a well-thought-out recommendation that provides specifics on how you all worked together and how your coworker provided value or created results.

Second, send them an email that they can use in their performance review. We all have to do self-assessments at the end of the year; what better way to tell a coworker that you’re a fan than to help them make a case for more coins or a promotion. Send them an email detailing how their work impacted you and the results you all were able to create. If you’d like to take it up a notch, you could even cc their boss on the email to increase awareness.

Lastly, you can nominate them for a company-wide recognition program. Most of our organizations have these programs, but the majority of us ignore them throughout the year. However, they could be a great way to highlight that teammate or coworker, especially since some of the programs are announced throughout the company, which could help boost their profile.

Now, these aren’t the only ways to tell your teammate, coworker, or boss thank you and that you’re a fan, but these are a great start in boosting the visibility of the amazing work they’re doing.

Thanks for tapping in with me today! Don’t forget; I’m now taking submissions from you all on career questions, issues, concerns, or advice you think may help others! So make sure to submit yours at bit.ly/tapintristan.

This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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