If your gratitude doesn’t feel sincere to your workforce, it won’t yield the positive results you’re hoping for.
That is the question, says the intro to “Gratitude and Employee Recognition,” a #TCHAT Radio show by TalentCulture World of Work Community on BlogTalkRadio.
“Maybe or probably not, but does it seem like you do, to them?” the intro continues. “That’s a conundrum, how organizations can project genuine gratitude and authentic recognition. We’re not saying you don’t mean it, but your employees need to know you mean it.”
Positive Feedback Delivers Outstanding Results
TalentCulture founder Megan M. Biro hosts the show with co-creator Kevin W. Grossman. The expert guests are author and blogger Ted Coine, along with Rob Catalano of Achievers.
TalentCulture community members participating in the related discussion articulate their strong belief in “the value of simple, sincere interaction, and a culture that encourages recognition when it’s deserved.”
“ … Acknowledgement keeps employees on a path for engagement and productivity. Positive feedback fuels individuals and teams to continue delivering outstanding results. And in the aggregate, it keeps organizations focused on key success factors, and drives business momentum,” the TChat summary says.
Biro echoes the sincerity theme in her Forbes article, “5 Ways Leaders Rock Employee Recognition.”
“[That need makes] the human touch so important to effective recognition,” she writes.
Recognition Drives Productivity and Revenue
And Gallup researchers contend that employee recognition is a powerful driving force behind employee engagement, notes Roy Saunderson, co-host of Real Recognition® Radio in “Engaging Employees with Recognition.”
Gallup found that as its scoring methods found differences in the amount of recognition employees received, productivity and revenue—even retention of loyal customers—changed by 10% to 20%.
“It is an amazingly simple concept to give people the praise and recognition they deserve,” Saunderson writes.
It’s Simple: Mean What You Say
Take the time to think through what you’re going to say so it comes from your heart. If you mean what you say, look employees in the eye, and give specific, timely examples of accomplishments you’re grateful for, employees will know you’re sincere.
Then, advises Saunderson, simply:
- Thank them for doing good work.
- Express concern for their well-being.
- Demonstrate respect in day-to-day activities.
- Celebrate their successes.
- Acknowledge their achievements.
- Honor those who have made significant contributions to your company.
- Appreciate the little things people do for you and others.
Don’t Take Employees’ Efforts for Granted
“This simple act of acknowledging and recognizing people is so taken for granted that nearly 20% of employees leave organizations because of insufficient recognition,” Saunderson writes.
How do you know when someone’s workplace thanks are sincere?
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