What does appreciation in the workplace mean?
Research shows that recognition, respect and appreciation in the workplace are the most sustainable motivators. This is no surprise really. After all, recognition is one of our most basic needs. In the workplace, however, appreciation has a completely different meaning. When employees get the feeling that they’re just a number and can be easily exchanged, this decreases employee satisfaction.
The fact that in polls employees of many companies regularly complain about the lack of recognition their supervisors show, should give managers pause for thought. After all, it’s so easy to ensure a good work climate: with the right amount of attention – such as a friendly welcome, a short conversation in the corridor, or a sincere thank you – each boss can send a very positive signal to their employees.
One thing that’s also important is to thank or praise at the time when it’s deserved. Praise without any real reference quickly evaporates and leaves a strange taste with the employee. Most importantly, however, keep your promises. If something is agreed during an employee appraisal review – whether it’s a salary increase, a different job title, or another position – management must always keep its promise. All these factors contribute toward a good work climate and increase staff motivation.