The act of showing appreciation and showing recognition in the workplace may slip one’s mind when it comes to everyday operations, however this simple gesture between employer and employee goes a long way with a reward programme.
When an individual is recognised, shown appreciation or gratitude for their actions, in any setting, it would naturally evoke feelings of accomplishment and a sense of purpose. It not only creates a positive psychological impact but a physical impact as well.
According to an article by Psychology Today, the hypothalamus, which controls ones bodily functions such as eating, sleeping and dopamine levels, are heavily affected by feelings of gratitude and appreciation. According to Dr Alex Korb Ph.D, “Gratitude can have such a powerful impact on your life because it engages your brain in a virtuous cycle.”
They further mention how these brain boosts can have a positive effect in the workplace and on an employees work/life balance. Showing gratitude can increase a person’s wellness by inducing better sleeping habits, an increase in metabolism and less stress. Showing employee appreciation, not only directly impacts work performance and employee engagement, but also the health and wellbeing of employees.
Your workforce would be more inclined to spread this positive attitude amongst their peers through peer to peer recognition or lending an extra hand on big projects. An Incentive programme is a tool that can easily be used to drive such a workplace initiative and execute the company appreciation and recognition plan.
In conclusion, creating a positive working environment for employees by implementing a culture of recognition and appreciation would affect employee morale in a positive way by improving their well-being which results in increased performance and potential future gains for your organisation.