The Power of Appreciation in the Workplace

Why You Should Express Appreciation to Employees

Perhaps not altogether surprising, feeling valued in a company can have a dramatic effect on how much a staff member enjoys his or her job. With that being said, what might be surprising is that happiness in one’s professional life can impact productivity. If you have an unhappy worker, they may be 10% less productive than their coworker. Knowing this, how can you make your team happy?

Great leaders know that expressing gratitude to their employees is a powerful way to keep them engaged. Research reveals that workers thrive when they know they are appreciated. Another positive is that the feeling of gratitude is connected with a number of health benefits.

According to one study, fundraisers who were thanked for their efforts made 50% more fundraising calls than those who received no such messages. Other research shows that employees who felt grateful were more likely to help co-workers and participate in “prosocial” behaviors. In the workplace, this could mean an increase in collaboration and output.

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 with their jobs. Other research agrees that providing team members with 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!

Nathan S. Gibson is an independent worker compliance business partner who provides expertise and creative solutions to enhance workforce flexibility and maintain compliance with worker classification requirements. He helps mitigate the risks associated with the misclassification of self-employed consultants, freelancers and independent contractors.

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