‘Sharing the love’ at work – why it’s important
‘Sharing the love’ at work – why it’s important
Your employees aren’t going to be 100% engaged all of the time, but the day-to-day environment they’re working in will make a huge difference to how they feel about their work. We all have times when work is more stressful than usual, it’s harder to find motivation and we just don’t feel our best. But that’s why it’s important for employers to ensure work is a positive space – one that brings employees up, makes them feel good and ensures those ‘down times’ are few and far between.
Being part of a culture that consistently celebrates employees makes all the difference. It feels great to get a “thank you” or “well done” from a colleague, and it’s equally as uplifting and rewarding to show your appreciation of others too. Making recognition a key part of your business’ culture and your employees’ daily routines is therefore crucial. It’ll transform the way your employees feel about themselves, their colleagues and their work.
‘Sharing the love’, whether it’s small tokens of appreciation or grand gestures of gratitude that are amplified across your business is important for your employees and your business. Here’s why:
Recognition spreads positivity
When drowning in a sea of tasks and thinking about impending deadlines, it can be very easy for employees to fall into a negative mindset and head towards a path of disengagement. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Having a strong culture of recognition spreads positivity around your business which helps employees feel more upbeat and engaged.
It’s quite simple really. Recognition is positive, so the more it happens, the more positive your working environment and the people in it will be. Employees that consistently show their gratitude towards colleagues, receive praise from others and also see these positive moments of recognition happening in all areas of the business will naturally feel more positive about the environment they’re working in and work in general.
It’s uplifting to see other people get recognised for doing a good job, and it’s even more special to get personally recognised too. All of this has a positive influence on your employees’ daily lives at work, so capturing all of this positivity in one easy to access space is really powerful. With a recognition platform, employees can log in, say “thanks” to a colleague and see all of the great things going on in the business.
Recognition boosts confidence
Many employees tend to think that their efforts and small achievements go unnoticed by those around them, so being recognised on a regular basis is a nice reminder that they’re important, valued and doing a great job. This also gives employees’ confidence a boost because it confirms that their day-to-day actions, no matter how big or small, are positively contributing to the business.
Receiving a message of thanks or getting a “well done” from a colleague makes us feel good about ourselves doesn’t it? But on a deeper level, the fact that someone in the business has gone out of their way to show their appreciation of you really drives home the message that you’re a valued member of the team, which is a real positive for our wellbeing and sense of belonging too. Think about the effect this has when it happens on a daily basis throughout your business – suddenly a “thank you” has become a lot more powerful.
We all like to be appreciated, but at work, appreciation is needed from time to time to reassure us all that we’re making a difference and, in general, doing a good job. A little confidence boost can completely transform an employees’ outlook and be just the kind of pick me up they need. On top of that, if your employees feel confident in their jobs, they’re more likely to have greater job satisfaction and continue to perform well too. So, encouraging your employees to ‘share the love’ is always a good idea.
Recognition builds good relationships
Employees that regularly recognise each other are also more likely to have positive relationships with each other, which promotes productivity, motivation and engagement. Let’s face it, coming into work and operating alongside people that you genuinely like and value makes a huge difference (especially on a Monday morning). Not only does it just make work a nicer place to be, it makes it easier to get things done because everyone is working together in harmony towards the same goals that drive the business further.
As corny as it sounds, team work really does make the dream work, and recognition has a part to play in strengthening your team of people. Peer-to-peer recognition when facilitated through a platform, for example, can help to break down communication barriers, strengthen inter-departmental bonds and encourages employees to build connections throughout the business by saying “thank you” or “well done” whenever they see fit.
Recognition drives motivation
A recognition-rich environment also fuels motivation because not only are employees spurred on by the recognition they receive, they’re driven by the knowledge that they can receive praise at any time. Put simply, when employees know their efforts are important, appreciated and that they, as individuals, always have the opportunity to receive recognition, they’ll be more inclined to work harder and go above and beyond.
Employees will also be motivated by the previous times they’ve been recognised too. When we’re thanked by a colleague or made to feel appreciated at work it’s memorable isn’t it? It’s a special moment that reminds us why we do what we do. Capturing the magic of this in a recognition scheme is a great way of driving motivation further because employees can work towards specific goals or values and look back at all the times they’ve been recognised for something.
My key message here is that showing appreciation at work is important. A quick “thank you” might seem trivial to some, but it’s a meaningful way of spreading positivity, boosting confidence, driving motivation and building relationships across any business. A working environment where everyone appreciates each other is special and very valuable. It’s in this kind of environment that you’ll see strong teams thrive, creativity flourish and employee engagement grow.
Written by Pip Rule, Communications Executive at peoplevalue.