The importance of employee recognition

Recognising the efforts and hard work of staff not only encourages them to work hard, it also indirectly increases business profits.

Consider the following:

Promotes positive morale
When employers recognise and express gratitude for the work their staff contribute to the business each day, the overall morale of the office is going to be more positive and productive. If individuals feel their work and efforts are appreciated, they are more likely to enjoy coming to work. In contrast, if employees feel their efforts go unrecognised, resentment is likely to grow over time and career satisfaction is likely to diminish. In the long run, if this occurs and employees don’t enjoy coming to work, profits will decrease.

Responsibility and ownership over work
Employers who check in with employees and let provide feedback, (constructive and positive) are more likely to bring out the best in their employees. If you have someone standing over your shoulder micromanaging you and telling you your work isn’t good enough, the pride you take in your work is likely to diminish. If however, you have someone who trusts you, your ability and your autonomy to be able to do your work and do it well, you are more likely to be proud of and take ownership over your own productivity. Rather than rousing on employees when a strategy doesn’t go to plan or isn’t as profitable as anticipated, discuss what did work and what didn’t, so that employees can learn from this and figure out ways to improve.

Increases self-worth
A full-time worker will spend more time at work than they do with their family and friends. Hence, feeling satisfied with work is extremely important for mental health and overall happiness. Employers who criticise or do not encourage their employers can attribute to increased stress and prolonged unhappiness, which can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The way you treat employees stays with them and affects them outside of the business hours, so taking care, being considerate, and recognising the effort employees put in will lead to improved mental health, self-worth and in turn, increased profit.

Improves retention rates
Training a new employee is likely to slow down the productivity of the business and the employee conducting the training. While training new staff is inevitable, it is possible to avoid having to repeat the process again and again through keeping employees satisfied and loyal to the business.

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