The holidays are quickly approaching, but don’t let this be the only time you show your appreciation to your employees. Employees want to be respected in their workplace, and one of the best ways to do this is to acknowledge them for progress made and jobs well done. There are numerous ways to show your colleagues you’re grateful. A simple ‘Thank you’ can lead to many workplace benefits (also known as fringe benefits). Below we list 3 main benefits of employee recognition.
1) Recognition improves employee engagement and productivity
A poll by Gallup found that only 1 in 3 workers in the U.S. strongly agree that they received recognition or praise for doing good work in the past seven days. In fact, it’s not uncommon that workers often feel that their work is ignored. Employees want to be recognized for their contributions. In turn, this recognition can be a driver for increased productivity. One study found that 69% of employees would work harder if they felt their efforts were better appreciated. Make your employees feel valued. A simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way.
2) Recognition increases employee retention
Companies with employee recognition programs have a 31% lower voluntary turnover. Employees want to feel appreciated, and money isn’t the only way to recognize or retain your employees.
Forms of recognition include:
- private recognition from a boss or peer
- an increase in scope of work or autonomy to show trust
- public recognition or acknowledgment via a certificate or award
- promotion or a monetary award
Regardless of the type of recognition, ensure that it is timely and deserved. Don’t wait until the employee’s performance review to show appreciation for their work. Comment on it in real-time in order for the praise to have a lasting effect. In addition, ensure that recognition is honest and deserved. Giving false praise to employees that may not deserve recognition can demotivate top employees. Acknowledge the employee’s best work to make them feel valued.
3) Recognition can boost employee morale and build relationships
People feel connected to the organization when they are appreciated. While a pat-on-the-back can be enough to motivate employees, make sure to celebrate noteworthy achievements. Did your team just finish a 1 year project? Or did one of your employee’s just have their 5 year work anniversary? Organize events to congratulate and celebrate their successes. Building relationships is key for workplace happiness.
How do you show your colleagues your appreciation? Let us know!