Why Employee Recognition is the Key to High-Performing Teams


The Thing About Employee Recognition…

Being a leader is not just about giving orders and directing the team, it’s also about inspiring and motivating them to give their best.

And one powerful way to do that is by showing gratitude and appreciation. Research has proven time and time again the positive impact that a simple ‘thank you’ can have on employee engagement and satisfaction.

What about it?

In today’s fast-paced and competitive business environment, where employees are constantly being bombarded with deadlines, targets and workloads, it’s more important than ever for leaders to create a supportive and encouraging workplace culture. A culture where team members feel valued, recognized and appreciated for their hard work and efforts.

A recent survey by Gallup found that companies with employee recognition programs experience a 14% increase in productivity, performance, and engagement compared to their competitors without such programs. This should come as no surprise, as being recognized for their work has been shown to increase employees’ happiness, with happy workers being 13% more productive than unhappy ones.

But recognition isn’t just about formal programs and events. Informal expressions of gratitude, such as a quick email or a specific compliment, can go a long way in boosting motivation and morale. In fact, 80% of employees report being motivated to work harder when their work is recognized, while only 40% say they are motivated by a demanding boss or fear of losing their job.

The Importance of Recognizing Your Team

As a leader, it’s important to make a conscious effort to recognize your team on a regular basis. Set a goal of recognizing at least five people informally each day, and take the time to get specific about what you liked and why it was outstanding. When you shed light on the positive aspects of your team’s work, you’ll likely see more of the same in the future.

The Flashlight Method

Think of yourself as a leader with a flashlight, able to focus on either the positive or negative aspects of your team’s work. By choosing to highlight the great things they are doing, you can create a culture of appreciation and recognition that will benefit both your team and your business.

But leading with gratitude isn’t just about formal recognition programs and informal expressions of appreciation. It’s also about creating a positive and supportive work environment that values and recognizes the contributions of all team members. This includes providing opportunities for growth and development, giving honest and constructive feedback, and being open to new ideas and suggestions.

By making a conscious effort to lead with gratitude, you can not only improve your team’s performance and well-being, but also create a culture of appreciation and recognition that will benefit your business in the long run. So, make it a habit to lead with gratitude and see the transformation it brings to your team and your business.

Dr. Michelle Rozen
Dr. Michelle Rozen

Dr. Michelle Rozen, Ph.D., is a highly respected authority on the psychology of change. She is one of the most booked motivational speakers in the world and a frequent guest on media outlets such as NBC, ABC, FOX News, and CNN. She speaks on topics related to dealing with change in every aspect of our lives, so that we can do better and feel better.

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