Importance of showing appreciation at the workplace

Importanceof showing appreciation at the workplace

Appreciationis the art of recognizing the magnitude, value, quality, orsignificance of people. In this essay, I am going to discuss theimportance of showing appreciation in the workplace and how to makesure appreciation is effective in the workplace.

Appreciationcontributes much when it comes to motivating employees in theworkplace. An appreciation makes employees to be more sincere intheir work and dedicate themselves to the employers. And according to(Armstrong,Kogan page),the level of appreciation at the workplace is directly proportionalto the degree of satisfaction the employees get. Most workersnormally get motivated and they tend to work with sincerity whentheir seniors express some appreciations to their efforts in theworkplace.

Appreciationcan be taken as a fundamental human need, for instance, an employeecan respond positively to the gratitude that those who are higherthan him in authority expresses by identifying his good job, such anemployee will automatically confirm that his efforts are highlyvalued in the company. By appreciating an employee and the work hehas done, his level of satisfaction rises, thus, he will work hard toimprove his productivity. He will always work extra hard to improveor keep up his good job in the company, thus, the company will bemore productive. An appreciation from the seniors and employers isvery important when it comes to retaining some workers. This isbecause employees normally get attached easily to the workstationsthat entertain an ethical climate as expressed (Reif, 2-10).

Appreciationand recognition of efforts in workplaces are the key factors ofsuccess from the lowest to the highest management levels in anindustry. Those who post exemplary performance must just beappreciated for them to ensure consistency in their efforts to makesure success in the workplace. And positive feedback needs to be setaside for those who always contribute positively when it comes toensuring success of the company as (Reif, 2-10) explains.

Howemployers can ensure effective appreciation of their employees

Moneycannot be the only way to reward your employees to make them feelappreciated. Most of the employees feel satisfied and happy whentheir employers surprise them with things like a “thank you”note, dinners, lunches, gifts, or even snacks. Other employees alsofeel appreciated when the company organizes for them and sponsor themfor a day out of the job or even a vacation. Cost-effective ways ofappreciations are also enough to show that an employer values hisemployees as expressed (Maslow, 368-396).

Theno-cost appreciation means include and not limited to:

  • Thanking an employee by his/her name

  • Offering profitable career openings

  • Specifically stating the descriptions of the job that is being honored

  • Involving the employee in serious decision-making rules

Mostemployees consider appreciation more important than compensation andaccording to (Maslow, 368-396), most of the employees find it hard tocontinue working in a company where they are less recognized and notappreciated. Thus, an employer should come up with and maintain aworkstation that appreciates, recognizes and values the efforts ofits employees. Through this, the profitability of the company willgrow at a faster rate. Appreciation culture in an industry makesemployees to put more efforts in their work. And valued employeeswill value their employers and the company by staying longer in theindustry, do more for the industry and assist one another in theindustry to ensure overall growth and development of the industry asexplained (Maslow, 368-396).


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Maslow,A. H. A theory of Human Motivation Psychological Review. 50, 368-396.1943. Print.

Reif,William E. “Intrinsic versus Extrinsic rewards: resolving thecontroversy”. HumanResource Management. 14(2)2-10. 1975. Web.