An employee now seeks more than just his job. Apart from a good paycheck and work-life balance he is also looking for meaning and appreciation. A recent survey by Monster showed that more than 50% of the 2000 employees taking part in this survey do not feel appreciated at work. Appreciation is good for motivation, retention and employee relationship. Sometimes leaders get so lost in the demands of the workplace that they unknowingly undervalue their employees and fail to recognise its negative effects. An employee can feel demotivated if there is no recognition of his strengths and hard work. A word of gratitude helps boost the spirit of everyone regarding there work.
Some simple ways to show you appreciate your employees would be to have conversations with them telling them you appreciate their work, treat them with dignity, recognizing and appreciating individual efforts.