Most of us like to feel appreciated in the workplace, though we’re not always willing to admit that praise is something we crave. According to HR Dive’s report on employee satisfaction, 68.5% of employees are bothered a little or a lot when they do not receive expected gratitude. And while 75.1% said they are thanked by colleagues on at least a weekly basis, only 52.9% are thanked at least weekly by bosses or supervisors.
Expressing appreciation is an excellent way to uplift office morale. Making people feel appreciated gives them the motivation to pay it forward, and this positive spiral results in a better work environment. A sincere appreciation for employees can also increase their engagement, minimize turnover, and improve performance. Unfortunately, appreciating our employees often gets neglected. In this article, we’ll talk about why it’s important to be intentional in expressing gratitude towards employees.
The Benefits of Workplace Appreciation
Well-recognized employees have more drive and determination. They develop a stronger connection to the company because they feel like their bosses see them as human beings and have their best interests in mind. This encourages employees to increase their efficiency and be more productive; if they feel like the organization cares, they’ll stay invested in the company’s success — making them less likely to leave.
Appreciation can also reduce workplace conflict. Because employees feel good, they impart positive feelings onto others and cultivate better work relationships. The spillover effect of gratitude can lead to random acts of kindness or generosity, like helping out with projects or taking time to recognize others for their hard work in turn.
In fact, this extends to bosses and supervisors as well. A study from the University of Central Florida reveals that people who feel appreciated have more energy and a positive outlook on life, expressed through positive behaviors at work. Organizational leaders who feel valued also gain a buffer against the negative effects of job stress. On the other hand, low-energy bosses who are underappreciated may engage in more abusive supervision and create harsher workplaces.
As we mentioned in our post ‘How to Resolve Conflict with a Coworker and Why it Happens’, toxic management styles like favoritism can cause fighting among colleagues and make the working environment uncomfortable. It’s clear that we should tap into appreciation at every level of the corporate ladder.