Employee engagement (i.e. enthusiastic involvement) correlates highly with increased individual and organizational productivity. Yet only 30 percent of Americans feel engaged at work, according to a 2013 Gallup report.
To understand what influences engagement, consultant Tony Schwarz and Georgetown business professor Christine Porath partnered with the Harvard Business Review to survey over 20,000 employees across a range of industries. The result: Engagement rises when four core needs are met: physical (via opportunities to renew and recharge at work); emotional, (by feeling valued and appreciated); mental (being enabled to focus on their most important tasks); and spiritual (by feeling connected to a higher purpose at work).
Here’s our thought on one way to immediately raise that low 30% engagement metric: Everyone within an organization—whether or not in a formal leadership role—can have an impact on corporate culture by communicating appreciation to those around them. It only takes a moment to sincerely let others know they are valued, and the rewards will be immense, not just on a company-wide level but also on a personal one.
We want to hear. Are you in the habit of letting co-workers know they are appreciated and valued? What happens when you do this? What has been your experience when someone at work directly recognizes something you have done? Join the conversation and click "comments" on our Community of Practice Forum.
8/5/2014 04:32:30 am
I have found that written thank you notes/cards are appreciated. Being as specific as possible in the reason for the appreciation helps. Sometimes sending a card to their spouse/significant other at their home is appreciated as well.
8/7/2014 09:55:18 am
Such a good idea, Steve. Really appreciate your focus on being specific about the reason. Another thought: clarifying the benefit the appreciated action had. And taking the time and effort to send a written note is an important part of what you are doing. Thanks.
8/19/2014 02:30:49 am
Appreciation that is genuine, is always a very good thing to do. Saying a sincere "thank you" is never amiss. I find it helps build relationships and a real team effort, if appreciation is expressed as appropriate.
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