Employee appreciation or recognition is the timely acknowledgment of a person’s or team’s “beyond normal” effort, result or behaviour that uphold the company’s goals and values. It can be formal or informal depending on the situation.
Appreciation is not learned overnight. In order to be more effective, you need to understand the psychology of praising others and apply it on yourself too. If done right, employee appreciation can be catalytic, causing dramatic positive changes that affect your entire company’s culture.
Why do employees need to be appreciated? Kelly Mannard, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer of Northern Trust, puts it clearly this way: It’s human nature to want to be valued!
Most employees respond positively to appreciation because it confirms that their efforts are valued. It gives them that sense of achievement for a job well done — a “pat in the back”.
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