We’ve all been there – our workloads are piling up; consistently churning out work to meet yet more work with little thanks or praise for our efforts. Unfortunately this cycle is all too common in workplaces across the world, and while work is being produced, it also comes with a number of by-products: stress and low morale. Mental health organisation Mind produced recent research around work based stress that revealed around a third of employees said that stress impacted their working life and 19% felt they couldn’t talk to their employers about their problem.
It’s clear that employers need to take a more active role in the wellbeing of their employees; one of the simplest ways to improve the situation is through employee engagement and recognition. It sounds simple, and in fact it is, providing employees with recognition for the work they’re contributing on a regular basis will produce a number of positive benefits.
Employee recognition can come in a number of forms and with little effort a manager can develop a strong team of committed, motivated employees. This can involve offering praise when good work is done, offering encouragement when employees want to try new things alongside taking an interest in their development. Of course recognition doesn’t have to centre solely on work, taking an interest in an employee’s life outside of work helps to show you care. You can ask how the family and kids are, how the holidays were – take an interest in their interests and you’ll be rewarded with a much stronger working relationship.
Offering frequent recognition of employee contributions can have a major effect on their overall motivation at work. It helps them to feel less like a cog in the machine and more like a valued employee who is making positive contributions to overall performance. However communications shouldn’t just be restricted to when work is handed in – even just asking employees how they are or if they had a good weekend helps to form a relationship, helping employees to feel more motivated about the day ahead.
Employees find communication and attention from their senior and executive managers a motivational experience. Of course a motivated employee is usually a more productive employee. It’s in an employer’s best interest to have a productive workforce as it will improve the performance of the organisation as a whole.
Improves general wellbeing
As previously mentioned, stress is a part of working life for a significant amount of people. Developing some form of relationship with your employees provides an opportunity to help reduce the impact of stress for workers. Engagement and recognition is the key to this relationship, motivating employees by making them feel like a valued member of the team. The relationship also means that workers will feel more comfortable about openly talking about any issues or concerns they may have and how they can be overcome.
Frequent employee recognition is one of the more accessible ways in which an employer can develop and improve upon employee motivation and productivity. After all, an organisation is only ever going to be as good as its employees, so it is vital to make sure you are getting the best you can from them by providing recognition for their hard work.
Jenn Jones writes on a number of business health topics on behalf of business health insurance provider AXA PPP healthcare.
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