Employee Appreciation: Do You Know How To Appreciate Your Employees?

February 27, 2017 Staples Business Advantage

Appreciation at work is a big deal. Your employees are looking for it, and if you’re not giving it to them, you are at risk of losing great talent.

It’s time to dig a little deeper to find out what employees are looking for when it comes to appreciation.

Have you ever stopped to ask your employees what make them feel appreciated? It can be a complex question, and not everyone may be comfortable answering face to face. But if you’re not willing to dig deeper to find out, you could risk losing great people.

In the 2016 Workplace Index Survey, 92% of employees rated happiness at work as important or very important. 92% isn’t a small number. That means the majority of your employees are looking to feel valued and appreciated. So if you’re not stopping every so often to touch base and check in on their levels of satisfaction, their next step might be walking out the door to a different opportunity.

High employee turnover can be very costly to any company – the hiring process and training new employees can take months, which is taxing for company time and resources, and the bottom line. So, perhaps it’s time to take a more in-depth look at what gives your employees those feelings of appreciation.

What is appreciation and how exactly can it be applied to the workplace?

Appreciation, by definition is “the act of recognizing someone’s worth as a person or showing that you are grateful for something that person has done” (source).

In order to recognize your employees’ worth, it would be helpful to know what motivates them in the first place. And to show gratitude, take a moment to understand what elements create happiness for your employees in the workplace.

Motivation and Happiness. These two keys can help unlock the answers to understanding what truly drives your employees. And a better understanding of what motivates them and makes them happy can drastically improve overall satisfaction levels.

Check back on Wednesday as we get a deeper look into the top 6 factors that motivate employees and how you can start implementing them today. And on Friday we’ll explore happiness in the workplace and what you can do to fix it.

What do you think motivates you at work and what makes you happy? Comment below and let us know.


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