Employee Appreciation Can Go Farther Than You Think
Amongst this incredibly busy and hectic holiday season, it is important for us to remember (and appreciate) the little things. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, there isn’t a better time to discuss the impacts and benefits of thanking and appreciating your co-workers and employees around the office. Whether it be returning the favor to someone or simply saying “thank you” or “good job” during your lunch break, it is important to give recognition to those around you to create a more positive environment in your workplace.
A drive to perform better
In fact, gratitude and work engagement go hand in hand. There are endless benefits for implementing appreciation in the workplace, including a drive to perform better, a person’s wellness, better sleep habits, and lessened stress. In some cases, feelings of pride and accomplishment can provide employees with a greater drive to be successful than monetary compensation. Can you remember the last time you were appreciated or rewarded? Did it make you work even harder so you could have those feelings of happiness and acheivement all over again?
Often times in the workplace, it is easy to look past, and sometimes not even see, employees going above and beyond. Especially in big firms, people can often assume their peers are doing the bare minimum, or even just what is expected of them. However, if you recognize someone giving their all or making some kind of sacrifice to better the company, don’t let it go unnoticed. People tend to work like those around them, and produce products and services that reflect their work, so it is important to set the standard high, and make it known.
All it takes is one person to start the trend. It could be you! Remember, even just a simple “thank you” can go a long way.