Why You Should Express Appreciation to Employees

Let me ask you a question: how happy are your employees? Do they like their work? Do they feel recognized for their efforts? Do they feel appreciated for being a part of your team? Perhaps not all that surprising, but feeling valued and recognized at a company can have a significant effect on how someone enjoys his or her job. However, what is more surprising is that happiness in someone’s professional life can impact their productivity. An unhappy worker may be 10% less productive than other personnel. With that thought, how can you make your team happy?

According to a study, fundraisers who were acknowledged and thanked for their efforts made 50% more fundraising calls than those who received no such messages. Other research shows that employees that felt grateful were more likely to help others in the office and participate in “prosocial” behaviors. This could mean an increase in collaboration and output for your company.

Expressing appreciation at work can also improve employee engagement. Studies show that 7 in 10 workers whose bosses recognized their efforts described themselves as happy at their jobs. Other research agrees that providing specific positive feedback could improve motivation, productivity, and participation. 

For more information and ideas on the importance of employee appreciation, check out the infographic below!

The Power of Appreciation from the gift card provider, Gift Card Granny

Brian Farrell is a coach, helping clients achieve their personal and professional goals. He's also the creator of the "QA2 Method". For more about Brian, visit bfarrell.com