Does artificial intelligence offer some hope for underappreciated employees?

Chantelle just quit.

Her quitting shocked her colleagues and manager and annoyed at least two executives who’d marked her as a rising star.  She loved her job, does not have a better offer, is not moving out of town, is definitely not a drama queen, nor is she crazy.  She does not feel appreciated.

Like many high performing employees, she went home wondering one too many times if anyone cared about her or what she did for the company.  Right behind a fair salary and a chance to develop, meaningful work is what keeps people coming back to the office.  Appreciation is the top measure of meaningful work, and Chantelle’s manager offered too little appreciation.

Future workers, and I don’t mean next generation but next year or two, will get more appreciation from the cloud.*  Recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence are creating new apps to allow teammates and managers to congratulate, cheer on, and virtually high-five their colleagues.  No, it’s not the same as are real smile and spoken “job well done,” but it would have in our estimation kept Chantelle from quitting.

Questions for The Ethics Award

  1. How can you make it easier to show appreciation at your place?
  2. In your own life, how appreciated do you feel day to day?
  3. What happens when you talk to your manager of a feeling more appreciated it work?
  4. What would you like to happen?
  5. What happens when you appreciate the people you work with?
  6. What happens when you appreciate the people you live with?

We volunteer with a non-profit -- RecognizeGood.org – check them out, you may find some helpful ways to appreciate people.

* Yuliya Chernova, Wall Street Journal, 13 March 2017, R4.