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Appreciation is key to motivating employees and improving work ethic

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Too often employees feel like their efforts go unnoticed and that they can easily be replaced.

Recognizing employees regularly can help achieve a culture of appreciation within an organization. People who feel recognized and cared about produce more and better work.  A simple “thank you” can go a long way.

Showing appreciation to employees helps them to feel valued.  According to a recent survey by Glassdoor, more than half of employees surveyed admit they would stay longer at their jobs if their bosses showed more appreciation toward them. Appreciation should be genuine: It should be personalized to recognize each employee’s value and worth to the organization.

It may not come as a surprise that pay raises were ranked as the number one way to make people feel appreciated at work. However, there are several other ways to make employees feel appreciated:

  • Write a thank you note or tell an employee when they’ve done a good job
  • Sponsor a fun event or lunch for employees to boost team morale
  • Offer public acknowledgment by creating an “Employee of the Month” program or similar reward
  • Send a companywide email to recognize an individual employee for doing something exceptional
  • Let an employee go home an hour or two early on a Friday as a form of reward.

You have to look at the people you work with every day,” Walt Kurlin, a Disney facilitator for business programs was quoted saying on the Society for Human Resource Management website “They are your internal customers. How I treat my customers and how I treat my employees—I have to do both the same way.”

If we can assist you with ideas for employee motivation and programs, contact the Human Resources experts at BCN Services at 800-891-9911 or email We’re here to help.

Amanda Cline (200x184)

Amanda Cline, HR Generalist