We all like to feel appreciated. To turn your recognition into high appreciation, give it with flair.
Supportive management styles that express appreciation makes for happier workers. The act of giving doesn’t just encourage gratitude, it brings out positive emotions, which are contagious and spread through the team. Don Draper, from the TV series Mad Men, likes to shower his employees with personal gifts, why shouldn’t you?
Dynamo PR regularly buys their employees gifts. These include deliveries of chocolate, Winnie-the-Pooh paraphernalia, Givenchy cosmetics, birthday cakes and gift vouchers for theme parks. Lexi Mills, Head of Digital says, “Our employees love it!”
Allow employees to reward colleagues with an on the spot bonus for exceptional work. Public celebration and acknowledgement gives people a sense of accomplishment and pride. And it encourages positive and supportive relationships between colleagues, which in turn improves performance.
Barry Barber, Kimley-Horn's human-resources director says, “It works because it's real time, and it's not handed down from management. Any employee who does something exceptional receives recognition from their peers within minutes.”
Peer appreciation is horizontal appreciation and it’s powerful because it feels supportive and encouraging. Appreciation from managers and leaders is vertical appreciation. It’s motivational because it usually comes from a respected source, which inspires us to grow and develop our skills.
Researchers Adam Grant and Francesca Gino have found that when people experienced gratitude from their manager, they were more productive. Other research shows that when teams believe other teams respect and appreciate them, they are more likely to perform tasks better.