All people want to feel appreciated at work or home with family members and friends. Here, we are going to talk about how to enhance a culture of appreciation at work.
Leaders of organizations and companies should create a culture where everyone feels appreciated. It’s important for leaders to notice and acknowledge progress and to show gratitude for the work that employees are completing. There are so many reasons why each company should practice showing appreciation for their employees. When people feel apricated at work they are more likely to be more productive and have better performance results.
Many companies have procedures in place assuring their employee feel apricated such as monthly awards and recognizing employee’s work anniversary. These practices can definitely help but sometimes employees might feel that these are just formalities without any personal involvement and a true feeling of gratitude.
Authentic appreciation includes personalized feedback that’s natural and it’s delivered in a timely manner. Providing employees with authentic gratitude can be challenging for those working from home but nevertheless, it’s possible. Here are some tips on how to develop a culture of appreciation within your company no matter the circumstances or industry of work.
Schedule Positive Feedback
We are all busy with endless to-do lists so we might forget that we need to provide employees with positive feedback, and we tend to take it for granted. After all, providing employees with positive feedback is not the most urgent task you have on your list but that doesn’t mean it’s less important. Create a reminder in your calendar at least two times a week to ensure you have some dedicated time for positive feedback and to show the appreciation you have for your team members.
You can show appreciation in a meeting, via email, or in person. The goal is to create a habit of providing positive feedback. In this case, your employees are more likely to share this positive energy and provide positive reinforcements to other employees as well.
Public shoutouts create a culture of appreciation and connection between team members where everyone can participate in praising someone’s good work. Encourage other team members to share their positive feedback on other employees and how they helped or made work in between departments easier.
It’s a simple gesture that can have a positive impact on people’s relationships.
“You are doing a good job,” is not always enough and it can seem fabricated and forced. Provide positive feedback regarding specific work that’s done by employees. Find time to elaborate on the positive feedback.
Also, make sure that you know if your employees like or don’t like public recognition. Some are simply not fans of public shoutouts and for those employees make sure you personalize positive feedback.
Also, some people prefer days off instead of bonuses or vice versa. If you want to turn your feedback into action, make sure that it’s in line with what employees would like. This will truly boost their performance.
Why It’s Important to Turn Feedback into Action?
If you have resources make sure you turn feedback into action. From simple things such as bonuses, extra days of or a raise. Happy employees will work hard and be loyal to the company. It’s in your interest to keep those highly skilled people.
Also, people feel apricated when their ideas are praised and when their ideas are taken into consideration. When someone’s idea is good and you turn it into an action plan, they will feel apricated. Additionally, this will boost other’s confidence to share their idea without feeling uncomfortable. Even if you are in a position to turn down someone’s idea make sure you encourage them to keep proposing new ideas.
Managers usually struggle to make their employees feel noticed and valued. If you develop a habit and have a clear intention you can create a culture of appreciation within your team. By doing this you will have a team that’s happy, productive, engaged, and creative which means that the team will have better results. All big companies understand the importance of appreciation and you are never too small or too big to appreciate your employee’s work and to voice it out.