In Ephesians chapter 6 and verses 5-7, Paul tells us that we should not do things to please men but as unto God. Chasing after the affirmation of man is an elusive and frustrating trail to follow. We should encourage each other but the true affirmation that edifies and uplifts is to hear God say: "well done, thou good and faithful servant" (Matt 25:21; KJV).
God wants his fullness to be exhibited through us (Eph 1:23). We are his hands and feet and voice upon this earth (Matt 28:19). We are not just workers on the job but ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5:20), not just shoppers in the store but lights shining for him (Matt 5:14). We are not just faces in the crowd at social gatherings but salt (Matt 5:13); salt should season things wherever it is spread.
On the job we should be on time, go the extra mile: "do all things without murmerings or disputings" (Phil 2:14; KJV). We need to have God in our spiritual eye all day so that we please him and hence our employer. We can do this, we have the greater one on the inside of us (1 John 4:4) and in the word it says that: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil 4:13; KJV).
What did the Lord, in the parable of the talents, say to the good servants? “Enter into the joy of your Lord"(Matt 25:21; KJV). I don't know about you but enjoying God’s abundant life (John 10:10) sounds good to me.