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. It is a fundamental human need. Employees respond to appreciation expressed through recognition of their good work because it confirms that someone values their work. 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. Others would enjoy a company-sponsored social event, such as a holiday party or happy hour. Even these cost-efficient forms of recognition show employees that they are valued. Other forms of no-cost appreciation may be:
Involve the person in decision making processes
Thank the person by name
Specifically state what they did that you recognize
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.