What Employees Truly Want – How to Show Staff Appreciation

According to a recent report from Workhuman and Gallup, only 23% of employees strongly agree they get the right amount of recognition for their work, which means employers have a lot of room for improvement.

When employee recognition is effective, workers are:

  • 73% less likely to often feel burned out.
  • 56% less likely to look for new job opportunities.
  • 5 times more likely to feel connected to their culture.
  • 4 times as likely to be engaged—and recommend their organization to friends and family.

For recognition and appreciation efforts to be effective—and lead to positive results—they must be tailored to your individual workforce. Showing employees you value their contribution is vital to the success of your business and well worth the time and effort it takes to learn what makes them feel appreciated.

Unsure what will make your employees feel appreciated? Consider the following tips:

  • Praise employees publicly.
    Acknowledging achievements and hard work in front of peers can boost morale and self-esteem. When employees receive public praise, they feel recognized and valued, leading to increased motivation, engagement, and loyalty.
  • Encourage peer-to-peer recognition.
    Peer recognition can create a positive and supportive work culture where employees feel valued by their colleagues, which can increase job satisfaction and productivity.
  • Recognize effort and achievements.
    Recognizing efforts as well as achievements demonstrates that you value your employees—not just the results of their hard work.
  • Be generous and timely with recognition.
    Frequent recognition and appreciation create a work culture where employees feel valued. Delayed or insufficient recognition can reduce an employee’s motivation and engagement, leading to decreased job satisfaction and turnover.
  • Offer customized rewards or recognition.
    Every employee is unique and feels appreciated in different ways. Free beverages, snacks, or lunches may make some employees feel appreciated, while others might prefer time off, gift cards, cash bonuses, or words of thanks.
  • Ask for feedback.
    Still uncertain what kind of recognition will hit the mark with your employees? Ask! A quick survey or conversation can help you learn a lot about workers’ preferences—and demonstrate your interest in their needs.

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  • Faster placements.
  • Happier associates who work harder.
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