Appreciation at Work Goes a Long Way

Sperry Van Ness Falvey Group - Monday, September 21, 2015

This past August, an article was published in the Wall Street Journal titled “It Pays to Give Thanks at the Office.” The article explored the idea that an employee is more likely to be motivated by feeling appreciated for doing his or her job than by money.

According to the article, gratitude in the workplace is something that is hard to come by these days. Generally, receiving recognition for a job well done is a great feeling – it makes people feel good about themselves, and they are going to keep looking for that “good feeling” of being appreciated by continuing to make positive choices. The same can apply to any type of job setting. Employees who are congratulated and thanked for their accomplishments, or simply told to keep up the good work, are going to feel more inspired to work hard.

How to Increase Sense of Appreciation in Your Workplace

Google’s chief executive, Larry Page, was recently recognized for having the highest approval ratings of any CE on A lot of the positive ratings stemmed from his constant show of appreciation for his employees. Many people aspire to work for Google, and one of those reasons is because it is known that employees are treated with great respect and regard.

So, how can you, as an employer, increase people’s desire to work for your company?

Sperry Van Ness’ (SVN) Vice President of Franchise Development, Karen Hurd, recently shared a best practice of hers on her blog. She believes that the following steps can help managers and employers learn how to show gratitude, and receive increased employee loyalty and motivation in return.

  1. On a sheet of paper, write down reasons you feel someone would want to work at your office.
  2. At a team meeting, hand out blank sheets of paper and have your employees write down their reasons. If you are in charge of a large number of offices, ask each supervisor to do the same at their team meetings. This can be done anonymously, if desired.
  3. Collect the papers and discuss the answers at your next meeting.

Hurd feels that by taking these steps, you will be presented with new ideas for ways to increase your employees’ sense of appreciation at work.

Ensuring your employees are feeling appreciated for doing their jobs can cause an overall increase in productivity. “Bonuses get spent, titles get old, but a thank you lingers,” (WSJ).