Learn about: Appreciation and Recognition to Your Employees

Show Your Appreciation and Recognition to Your Employees



   By John Wolf

Your reporting employees or colleagues will always welcome a compliment. There is no special day in the year for compliments; you can show how you value their contribution at any time of the year. There are many ideas about how to thank and praise your co-workers or employees. We will mention some in the following article.

Your imagination can find more way to show your appreciation to a good worker.

Certificates of gratitude

You better be spontaneous and not wait for a special occasion to express your appreciation. Make it regular to show your thanks and say the right word to your employees, let your people feel that they are appreciated by you every time they do something relevant to the company. Let your workforce know that you care about their happiness.

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Ten Great steps to Express Your Appreciation to your Employees

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  1. A well-done job needs praise well expressed, not only the usual “You did a good job” you need to tell what job and what was the importance of the extra work mile the worker had done to reach the goal. Tell the employee that you like to see more action like the one that you are praising.

  2. Say thank you, show the value you have for the hard work and the extra contributing. Use the words please and thanks every time you ask for something; niceties are important between humans at work as well as any ware. The employees will appreciate a civilized workplace atmosphere.

  3. Now your co-workers after work interests like a family event, hobby or any important events. Show your genuine interest it will make your people feel valued and cared for by you. All year round will make your employees feel appreciated by you and the company. The positive feeling will pay you back in better productivity. Happy employees would not go to work with your competition.

  4. Offer a flexible schedule if it is possible in your industry. Let your people find a way to coordinate with the other co-worker’s post a calendar for the employees.

  5. Personalized the gift you offer as appreciation, learn what the interest of your co-workers is giving something that is personal show the importance you have towards the employees. Take the time to look for a gift you know your employees are looking to buy for a long time and give it to him, when you praise him, it will be touching his heart.

    Motivating employees

  6. Money is a way to show appreciation, give some incentives for the end of the year, and individual achievements. A bonus will always be received happily by your employees.

  7. Meals can be a good way to treat your people. Take your coworkers to lunch for a birthday or any special occasion or just for building your relationship with your workers or staff. People open near the lunch table; you can talk more openly and personally at lunch or dinner with your team. Celebrating the goals, you achieved together, or they did an extraordinary job at some point of the project you just finished. It is time to know each other better.  

  8. Use traditions like Secret Santa gift exchange during the months before Christmas, opening the gift every Friday will be a social event that will make the emotional ties and morale much better between the workforce and the organization.

  9. Showing appreciation by surprise, bringing something you prepared yourself will be a great hit. Some cupcakes or butter cookies will be good as it is a personal gesture. High-quality chocolate will be another hit. An important recognition will be an opportunity for advancing the career; specialized training for improving skills will be a kind gesture. Praising with participation in a committee, where employees can show to their superiors their skills, gain a reputation for ascending to a more senior position. Attending professional association conferences will be happily accepted by your employees.

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Employees need to feel wanted

Showing appreciation to your employees is almost as important as paying their salary. With no salary, they cannot live with no respect and recognition; they cannot be happy working for you. People need to feel good about their working place. The exchange you gain is not only the paycheck for work, but the happy worker will also look for doing better everything he is doing, solving problems need extra effort by your employees, the happy worker will make this extra step for the solving of a problem. Employees that feel good about his workplace will come to you with a solution instead of with difficulties. You should make the extra step to show your gratitude to your employees.


A study reported by Harvard Medical School and done at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania:

Researchers randomly divided university fund-raisers into two groups. One group made phone calls to solicit alumni donations in the same way they always had. The second group—assigned to work on a different day—received a pep talk from the director of annual giving, who told the fund-raisers she was grateful for their efforts. During the following week, the university employees who heard her message of gratitude made 50% more fund-raising calls than those who did not.”

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