Knowing how to build and maintain relationships where people feel appreciated is a foundational skill that is important to learn early in one’s career, says Christopher Littlefield, founder of Beyond Thank You. The more we feel appreciated, the stronger those bonds become, and the more tension they can withstand when something challenges it. If you -- as a manager or an individual contributor -- want to build the kind of relationships where people feel valued, communication flows, and great work gets done, it’s important to expand your understanding of appreciation beyond words and learn to show people you value them through your actions as well, he says. In this article, he offers a series of practical ideas for how both leaders and fellow workers can create such an environment and show that they value the people they work with.

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