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The Importance of Appreciation in the Workplace

by Christina Koopmann - Freelance Writer

It is a known fact that appreciation is one of the top motivators for employees to work harder and to be more committed to their companies. Studies show that appreciation is directly linked to happiness in the workplace – and what more could one wish for than being happy? A study by online career site Glassdoor revealed that more than 80 percent of employees say they are motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work. Appreciation is a fundamental human need. Employees respond to appreciation expressed through recognition of their good work because it confirms their work is valued. When employees and their work are valued, their satisfaction and productivity rises, and they are motivated to maintain or improve their good work. Showing gratitude also helps keep workers from wanting to leave. The presence of an ethical climate will attach people to a company. It is not always just money that can express appreciation. A lot of employees would feel more appreciated if their boss gave them an unexpected treat, like snacks, lunches, dinners or thank you notes, while others would enjoy a company-sponsored social event, such as a holiday party or happy hour. Even these cost-efficient forms of appreciation show employees that they are valued. Other forms of no-cost appreciation may be:

  • Being involved in decision making processes
  • Career opportunities
  • Thank the person by name
  • Specifically state what they did that is being recognized

Recognition is a key success factor even at higher levels of management. Those who perform in a company must be recognized. Always remember to give positive feedback to those who are responsible for part of the company success.

published: 01/15/2014

3 comments on “The Importance of Appreciation in the Workplace

  1. This is a really great and important article. Employee appreciation is such an important aspect in employee retention, health and much much more! Recognizing employee accomplishments doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive, and little things such as small social events for employees can go a long way in employee happiness and ultimately their health!
    – Jodi Shapiro

  2. Couldn’t agree more!!
    Nowadays employees are under constant pressure and stress (I notice on the many guests coming to my practise), and many of them, suffer low self-esteem….
    Receiving a personal compliment is practically unknown by most of them…
    However, one positive thought, rays out positive vibrations instantly, not only affecting the person receiving it in a uplifting way, but the whole surrounding area…
    Why can’t more people share unconditional love and appreciation?
    It would result in Happier and Healthier employees!

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