At a previous project, we used to have a core team meeting on Friday evening where the project team updated the senior stakeholders of our progress. The meeting was the last thing in the day on Friday and we used to follow up with a next steps email afterward.
More often than not, we’d have a short note from our client – something to the tune of ‘Good job team. Great progress next week/let’s keep it going.’
It felt great. Some weeks were about the “great progress” while some others were just about the fact that we kept plugging away. It didn’t matter. A compliment on a friday evening made it feel like the week was worth the effort. Daniel Kahneman’s research in “Thinking, Fast and Slow” points to the fact that we only really remember the peaks and ends of experiences. It makes sense – if a work week is an experience, the friday evening is the end.
It’s a note to myself – when ending the work week, make sure to compliment the team I’m working with. It is such a simple thing to do and is always warranted since we’ve put our heart and soul into making progress that week. And, as we know, it makes a difference.
Silent gratitude is of use to no one..especially as we wrap up the work week and head into the weekend.