Employee Recognition: The Foolproof Way To Motivate

by Sabrina Son on Jan 17, 2015 5:00:00 AM

worker motivated by employee recognitionWe spend the majority of our waking hours at the workplace. Sometimes we sacrifice our social lives and other obligations to finish a big project. But what happens when an employee’s effort goes unnoticed? Simple answer: they feel unvalued.

Feeling valued is a driving force for motivation. Workers want to feel like their effort is being appreciated in the workplace, and employee recognition is the key to this. But these are the results from when they feel like cogs in a desk farm:

  • 69% say they'd work harder if they felt their efforts were better appreciated

  • More than 50% of employees feel their company doesn't care about them

Employees are feeling unappreciated. And now’s not the time to feel helpless. There are simple solutions and changes you can make in your workplace to ensure that employees get the recognition that they deserve. Here are the tips we have up our sleeves.

Peer-To-Peer

Employees shouldn’t rely on managers to be the only ones responsible for recognitions—they’re busy! Instead, turn it over to the employees. From virtual cheers to micro bonuses, there are plenty of tools out there to support the cause. The more frequently recognition is given, the more valued everyone starts to feel. And when employees feel valued? They start getting pumped full of motivation to go the extra mile.

In actuality, peers are the number one influencers on their colleagues. Coworkers have daily interactions with one another. They know what kind of effort it goes into every project, so why not give them the power to recognize?

Manager-To-Employee

We get it, you’re busy. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect to acknowledge your employees. Manager visibility is important in the workplace. Take some time out of your day to walk through the office. Make small talk with your employees or sit in on a team meeting.

By doing this, you’re telling your employees, “I’m here, and I care about your work.” Because sometimes employees feel a disconnect with their manager. Let them know you’re there with them. And it doesn’t hurt to say “good job” or “thank you” once in a while. Just like anyone else, a few words of encouragement can really brighten up someone’s day.

Self-To-Self

If an employee rocked a project, why not show it off? No one needs to wait for someone to take notice all the time. Think about putting up a bulletin board or using an online platform for employees to boast about, well, themselves.

Everyone might not always get to see the end result of a project. So if an employee has the chance to share it with others, peers and managers can shower them with praise. There should be nothing shameful about a little self-promotion, especially if it gets people working harder.

Employees feel undervalued when no one notices their efforts. When they’re treated like cogs, they become unmotivated to put in any effort, much less go the extra mile. If you want a motivated workforce, pay attention to them and recognize their work.

 

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This post was written by Sabrina Son

A Seattle native, Sabrina loves her morning (or anytime) coffee, spending her weekends on the mountains, and of course, the famous rain.

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