How to Increase Employee Engagement with Appreciation

This blog is the 5th blog post in a series of posts about creating high-performance teams.

This blog post pushes us over the halfway mark as we explore the 7 NEW Rules of Employee Engagement. To recap, we've so far discovered how to increase employee engagement by creating a company culture of engagement, how to provide employees with resources to develop their skills and advance their careers, and most recently, how communication can enhance employee engagement. Today, we explore the benefits of appreciation as it relates to employee engagement.

7 New Rules of Employee Engagement - C.A. Short Company - Appreciation Rule # 4 APPRECIATION: 
Value your employees and their ideas. Recognize employees for providing input and for taking initiative outside of their daily responsibilities.

Your employees are the heart and soul of your organization. Engaged employees pass on their enthusiasm to co-workers and to your customers alike. Likewise, disgruntled employees can quickly fuel co-workers down a negative path, which can wreck havoc on your customer's experience with your organization.

What's one of the best ways you can counteract negativity? By communicating true appreciation to your employees. You can never show too much appreciation or tell your colleagues, co-workers, and how much you value their contributions too often. People never get tired of hearing positive praise.

Showing Appreciation Through a Total Recognition Program

Make it a point to always value your employees’ ideas and suggestions. Encourage them to think of new and more effective job processes. A fantastic way to convey your appreciation for employees' ideas and suggestions is by implementing a Total Recognition Program and award employees points for their strategic thinking. Recognition will encourage and motivate employees to create more solutions and suggestions, leading to a united company vision. Building a culture of employee appreciation is a learned behavior that begins with upper management. If your employees are appreciated for their hard work, they will in turn be inspired to work harder and be more engaged at work.

Some suggestions of how your organization can show employee appreciation include:

  • Sending them an eCard
  • Giving employees an Instant Award Card
  • Providing due praise
  • By simply saying, "Thank You!"
  • Asking employees about their weekend or upcoming special events or celebrations
  • Writing a personalized thank you note
  • Posting a message on your company wall or Intranet
  • Publicly acknowledging an employee's accomplishment at a staff meeting
  • Bringing in breakfast or lunch for your employees

Appreciating your employees shouldn't be hard; think of it as a genuine act of kindness and thoughtfulness. Remember, they are someone's son or daughter; granddaughter or grandson.

7 New Rules of Employee Engagement Wallchart

At C.A. Short Company, we are your partner for increased employee engagement resulting in increased performance outcomes to grow your bottom line. Our process and research-based platform helps you engage your team in order to increase your bottom line, motivate your staff to the benefit of the entire organization, and reward your people for the positive changes they make. To request a Complimentary Consultation, please click here. 

Topics: Total Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Engagement Strategies

R Scott Russell, CRP, CEP | Director - Engagement Strategies

About the Author
R Scott Russell, CRP, CEP | Director - Engagement Strategies

R Scott Russell is a video host, public speaker, and a sought-after thought leader in the world of employee engagement and recognition. At C.A. Short Company, he is responsible for producing engaging content, helping clients maximize the effectiveness of their programs, and providing ongoing training and education.

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