“Yeah … I’m gonna need you to come in on Saturday.”
No movie highlights the importance of employee engagement like Office Space.
While the 1999 cult comedy took that concept to the next level, with disgruntled employees stealing, distrusting, or even destroying their office, it does also demonstrate that perhaps a little recognition could have gone a long way.
Today’s employees are seeking more than just a steady job and a paycheque. Flexibility, fulfillment, and yes – recognition – are topping the ‘wish lists’ (if not ‘must-have’ lists) of candidates in the modern job market. Whether it’s for going the extra mile, exceeding a goal, coming in every day with a positive attitude, or showing dedication through a strong work ethic, employees want to be recognized for their contributions.
Employee recognition holds immense value in today’s workplace because it improves engagement and motivation at a time when talent is highly sought after. When employees feel appreciated for their work, they’re more likely to be invested in their projects and tasks, resulting in increased productivity and overall job satisfaction. Research shows over 80 per cent of employees work harder when their manager appreciates their work, and employees are 50 per cent more successful when leaders show gratitude.
Employees who feel valued are also more likely to remain loyal to their employers. A Gallup/Workhuman surveyshows companies that prioritize employee appreciation have workers who are 56 per cent less likely to look for a new job. Employee recognition can also bridge the gap when it comes to maintaining connection and morale in a post-pandemic hybrid or remote workplace. It also demonstrates empathy and is a sign of support for employees’ mental well-being.
Traditional bonuses and promotions still have their place, but methods of recognition are evolving, and innovate approaches are key to creating a rewarding work environment.
Here are a few strategies for employers to consider when looking to improve employee recognition:
Meaningful recognition contributes to a positive company culture, where employees feel supported, respected and acknowledged. By embracing personalized approaches to recognition and investing in your team, you can create a positive work environment that motivates employees, and establish your organization as an employer of choice in a competitive landscape.