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Appreciation is respect in action

Characterized by fast-paced life and digitalization, conscious and verbal communication is losing frequency and thus gaining relevance at the same time. 

Video conferencing, cross-national and cross-cultural structures, time shifts, task distribution via e-mail – the modern working world is international, digital and often impersonal. Profound social exchange and a certain sensitivity often no longer seem to find a place in the midst of this hectic pace, when it is precisely this that forms the basis for sustainable collaboration. 

The importance of appreciation in a company 

In corporate thinking, appreciation is often exclusively associated with praise, reward and recognition for achievements. However, praise that is always the same and therefore increasingly meaningless lacks seriousness. Genuine appreciation goes further and deeper than that and is characterized by individuality. It means viewing and treating employees and colleagues as human beings. 

Space for communication and humanity in turn enable cohesion and teamwork. A pleasant working atmosphere in a company forms a decisive basis for creativity, motivation and willingness to perform. In fact, studies show a clear correlation between the working atmosphere and absenteeism and employee turnover. 

Employees are not just a number in the system, a cog in the wheel or a small part of a big picture, because the success of a company lies within the success of its employees. 

Recognize and promote potential 

Strengths and weaknesses are evidence of humanity. Social and professional development is not based on the criticism of weaknesses, but on the targeted promotion of strengths. Companies can invest in cross-training and coaching for this purpose. However, it is fundamental and at the same time simple to cultivate a sincere and constructive feedback culture based on a two-way exchange. 

Living the values of the company 

Managers in particular should live and breathe good intentions and the corporate values they have defined. How would it be if co-determination and inspiration replaced the mere distribution and ordering of tasks? This would show the diversity and creativity of the team. Employees should feel comfortable, needed and belonging. This has a positive influence on the way they work and therefore on the company and its success. 

Sincere recognition and appealing rewards 

Recognition and appreciation should not be of routine origin and thus expressed dishonestly. The range of bonuses, extra services and rewards is wide. Companies should use them wisely. Don’t just thank all employees at the same time at the end of the year. Show respect also after exemplary actions, new stages of life such as weddings or births, or for outstanding achievements. This comes across as authentic and sincere. 

Recognition and appreciation should not be the new ‘in’ words in the working world, because respect is not only a value in itself, but also creates value. 

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Gubemo shall, in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, (i) sell Bontique Checks to Customerin its own name, (ii) accept payments from Customer for the Bontique Checks, and (iii) deliver the Bontique Checks to Customer.

2. DELIVERY

Postal (physical) deliveries of the Bontique Cheques will only be made within Switzerland to the address specified in the individual order. The delivery time is up to 10 working days.

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Each individual order can be invoiced separately or as a collective invoice on a monthly basis.

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