Appreciation At Work

By Louise Bauer Davoli

We all need to make a contribution and to know that we are valued in other people's lives. Even though it is frequently overlooked and ignored we need to be recognized, valued, and thought about in the work setting as well.

Employees value companies and organizations that show appreciation. We are more likely to stay longer, work harder, help others and add to the expansion and progress of the organization when we feel appreciated. Money, position and power are factors in the formula when it comes to acknowledging workplace rock stars but there are other tokens to demonstrate appreciation. Creating a culture of appreciation through demonstrating that people really matter contributes to the company's bottom line.

Making appreciation a core value in your organization will help make the organization more successful and facilitate the company's longevity. Appreciation is a core value that helps grow and power our businesses. Making appreciation a core value takes effort and awareness. Actions speak louder than words and you need to treat people as though they are your most valuable asset instead of just saying so. Communicate! Sharing information with employees makes them able to take on more responsibility and participate on a higher level. If each team member know where the company or department is heading they can then be expected to help get you there.

- Praise

- Merci beaucoup

- Provide Opportunities

- Gifts and Bonuses

You get what you reward. Designing compensation programs that impact individuals' development, potential, and opportunities to be meaningful team members is powerful. Acknowledging both company as well as personal achievements breeds more work place effort and success. Listen to everyone in your company. Establish authentic suggestion opportunities that encourage all employees to be a factor through their ideas and experiences, regardless of the magnitude of the impact on the organization or its customers. Provide an opportunity for employees to answer questions and give feedback about how projects have gone. The ability of employees at all levels to have contact with senior management is priceless. People at all levels should have the flexibility and chance to express their setbacks and suggestions in productive ways.

- What took too long

- What was frustrating

- What was unnecessary

- What was too problematical

Lastly, showing appreciation is not the sole responsibility of the employer and managers. Front line staff need to use the art of appreciation with co-workers as well as managers. You will enhance your workplace reputation and develop rapport with those around you.