Let us conduct a survey: how happy would you say your employees are? Do they like their work? Do you believe they feel recognized and appreciated for their work? Not all too surprising, feeling valued at a company can have an extensive impact on how much an employee enjoys his or her job. What’s more surprising is that happiness can impact productivity.
Great managers and leaders know that expressing gratitude to their employees is a powerful tool. It keeps people engaged in their work. And the research agrees. Research tells us that workers thrive when they know they are appreciated. In fact, the feeling of gratitude is connected to a number of health benefits.
One example is a study that looked at fundraisers who were thanked for their efforts. Fundraisers that got thanked made 50% more fundraising calls that those who received no such messages of gratitude. To add to this, other research show that employees who felt grateful were more likely to help others in the office and participate in “prosocial” behaviors. This could mean an increase in collaboration and output in your office.
Also, expressing appreciation in the office can improve engagement of your employees. Studies show that 7 in 10 workers whose bosses recognized their efforts described themselves as happy with their jobs. Other research agrees that providing team members with positive and specific feedback can improve motivation, productivity and participation.
For more information on this topic, please check out the graphic below! It covers how managers and leaders can display gratitude in the workplace, benefiting both employees and the organization as a whole!