Amplifying workplace appreciation


Recognition is not just a mere formality in the workplace; it is the very essence that fuels employee engagement and drives productivity. The statistics speak for themselves: research conducted by Gallup has shown that companies with a strong culture of recognition and appreciation experience a significant 23% increase in profitability. When employees feel valued and acknowledged for their contributions, they are naturally more motivated to excel in their roles and go above and beyond in their work. Recognition is not just a nice gesture; it is a powerful tool that can inspire and empower employees to perform at their best.

Performance reviews often dominate the conversation when it comes to acknowledging the good work our employees do — and we’ve covered massive ground on that. But are there ways we can rethink our appreciation system to celebrate both the big and small wins and contributions day-to-day? Read on to find out.

  • Recognition is essential for fostering a positive workplace; employees who feel appreciated are more engaged, productive, and committed to their jobs.
  • Personalizing messages of recognition is key, and effective employee recognition is timely, relevant, and personal.
  • Opportunities to uplift each other aren’t something to take for granted, and simple acts of recognition have a big impact on morale and motivation. 

The importance of employee recognition

Annual performance reviews can be a source of stress for both managers and employees. There’s a lot of prep work involved for managers and anticipation coming from employees. But beyond the paperwork and anxiety, performance reviews reveal a fundamental truth: recognition is essential for fostering a positive workplace. 

Research has consistently shown that employees who feel appreciated are more engaged, productive, and committed to their jobs. But are companies fulfilling this need through and through? 

As SHRM highlights, a whopping 81% of employees feel they would be more committed to their jobs if they felt their efforts were better recognized. Clearly, we have work to do.

Is solely relying on the traditional approach to performance reviews enough to create a culture of recognition? Companies like GE, Adobe, and Netflix have recognized the limitations of annual reviews and have moved towards more frequent feedback sessions. It’s a shift in mindset that shows an understanding of the need for ongoing recognition and support in the workplace.

What else, then, outside of feedback? Recognition isn’t just about saying the occasional “thank you” — it’s about injecting moments of appreciation into everyday interactions. It doesn’t even have to relate to performance.

Employee recognition has always been in our DNA. Giving recognition is the lifeline of the employee experience — and positive reinforcement and support is key to building up our employees so they can thrive.

Appreciation should be part of every companies ethos. Making managers and employees to be able to acknowledge peers and celebrate each other’s contributions, creating opportunities to better connect and support one another.

While too much recognition is rarely an issue, it’s important to make sure expressions of appreciation are genuine and have substance. A generic kudos might not hit home the same way as a thoughtful shoutout. Personalizing the message is key — we cannot stress this enough!

Although, it is often said that a message is 50% content and 50% delivery. Not all moments of recognition are created equal, and introverted and extroverted employees respond to different displays of appreciation. So, it might be time to reconsider your public praise walls as the catch-all for recognition efforts.

What makes effective employee recognition? A few questions to help customize each moment of recognition:

  • Are they comfortable with public recognition, or do they prefer a one-on-one approach?
  • Is this recognition aligned with our company values?
  • Is it authentic and coming from the heart?
  • Is this voluntary, or am I trying to meet a quota?

Remember: effective employee recognition is timely, relevant, and personal. When employees receive a message of praise or encouragement that feels considered to them and connected to the bigger picture, they feel even more empowered in their value within the company.

The importance of employee recognition cannot be overstated. It is a powerful tool that drives engagement, productivity, and overall job satisfaction. By implementing a culture of timely, relevant, and personal recognition, companies can create a positive work environment where employees feel valued and motivated to excel.

As we strive to celebrate both big and small wins, let us remember that appreciation should be a fundamental aspect of every interaction in the workplace. Let's continue to uplift and support each other, recognizing the unique contributions each individual brings to the table. By embracing effective employee recognition practices, we can foster a culture of appreciation that benefits both employees and the organization as a whole. Let's make recognition a priority and watch as our teams thrive and succeed together.