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Appreciation, when it
becomes part of the corporate culture, can be the secret weapon that propels
companies past their competition.
In fact, more than
half of employees revealed they would stay longer at their jobs if their bosses
showed them more appreciation, according to one recent survey.
Conversely, a lack of
appreciation in the workplace can lead to employee frustration—resulting in substandard
performance, productivity and profitability, all of which can cripple a company.
Business owners and managers must ask themselves how much they value their
employees. In many cases, their behavior toward these workers might force them
to admit: “not much.”
recognizes the value and worth of employees in all types of situations. And
appreciation doesn’t just mean an occasional word of gratitude; it means
demonstrating your obsession with the value all workers bring to your
organization—from the security guard to the assembly-line employee to the floor
There are lots of
ways to motivate employees by demonstrating appreciation. A simple but tried-and-true
idea is to hand out “employee of the
month” awards and similar recognitions.
As managers, try to find time to stop and thank the people in your
organization who make a difference. Too often, workers are ignored, asked to
perform tasks without proper guidance, given little constructive feedback so
they can improve at their job, acknowledged only rarely for their good work, and
singled out only when they make mistakes. This takes a toll on even the most
energetic and positive employees.
While it may come as
no surprise that many employees say pay
raises are the No. 1 way to make them feel appreciated at work, other
types of appreciation they value include unexpected treats and rewards, involvement
in decision-making, company-wide recognition, opportunities to do interesting
work, telecommuting options and company-sponsored social events.
For a job well done,
saying a simple “thank you”—in
person or in a handwritten note—can go a long way toward making employees feel valued.
It’s efficient and easy to write e-mails that accomplish this task, but because
it takes time to sit down and write a note, or to stop by someone’s desk, that
extra effort is rarely lost on employees. It’s the exceptional manager who
makes an effort to walk around the workplace each day looking for opportunities
to praise the members of his or her team.
regularly may also help them to better accept criticism, as long as that feedback
is specific. If you try to make your employees feel better at what they do, both
positive and negative feedback becomes an accepted part of the workplace conversation.
a culture of appreciation throughout the entire organization can lead to business
success, which will be evident in increased
performance, productivity and profitability.
Shankar Krishnamoorthy is CEO of Asteor
Software, which markets Synergita, a cloud-based, HR performance management
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