The Value of Gratitude and Appreciation
We all want to feel valued and appreciated at work; yet 65% of us don’t. Not surprisingly, it’s the main reason employees leave their jobs. Creating an employee-appreciation strategy can have a big impact on your company’s culture, and in turn, its ability to retain good talent.
It starts with positive feedback, and leads to an environment where employees are engaged and motivated to come to work. It’s also beneficial to our health. When we show appreciation, dopamine is released by both the giver and receiver. That dopamine combats many ailments, including depression, stress, fatigue and even body pain. The key is to express gratitude on an ongoing basis, rather than saving it for formalized reviews or when morale seems low.
Here are some ideas for building a culture of positivity in your office:
- Say “thank you because…” By including the why, the gratitude becomes personal, and feels genuine
- Start a ‘kudos’ wall in the office or on your company intranet
- During supervision meetings, give at least one compliment to your employee
- Begin department meetings by celebrating successes
- Take the time to get to know your employees
- Accompany constructive criticism with positive feedback
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