The Importance of Appreciation in the Workplace


According to a recent research, more than 35% of employees believe that a lack of appreciation for their job is the most significant impediment to their productivity. This survey examined why workplace recognition is essential for productivity and what are the simplest approaches for recognizing individuals. As the famous writer Dale Carnegie stated in his book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, Appreciation and Encouragement are the most effective ways to bring out the best in others.

Being thankful is the simplest and most efficient approach to recognize staff. In fact, one of the top elements to make employees happy is acknowledgment. According to the survey, when we express gratitude to our employees for their hard work and devotion, we foster loyalty (which aids in the development of a creative and good working environment).

Appreciation is defined as the ‘awareness and pleasure of someone or something’s positive characteristics.' In the workplace, gratitude may be as easy as expressing “thank you” for a job well done, for finishing a project on time, or being prepared and on time for a meeting.

Appreciation is very important in the workplace for developing a healthy organizational culture and improving employee-leader connections. Many studies have shown that gratitude is one of the most effective ways to encourage people, increase productivity, and make them more devoted to their employment.

Reasons to show appreciation in the workplace:

  • Appreciation leads to increased production. Employees feel valued when they know their hard effort is acknowledged and recognized. This encourages them to keep up and build on their excellent performance.
  • Appreciation boosts morale in the workplace. Appreciation for an employee has a rippling impact throughout the workplace. An employee who feels valued is more likely to express their thanks to coworkers and other team members.
  • Employee engagement is maintained via appreciation. Showing gratitude in the workplace not only enhances productivity, but it also increases employee engagement and devotion.

Appreciation should be a regular occurrence, and it is the act of providing positive feedback and thanking someone for their hard work. It might be as basic as a thank you, along with positive comments on a specific work or effort.

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