A constant encouraging tool is an appreciation in office. Everyone likes that and with a tough corporate job, it is important to continuously reward, award, mention, credit the employees to keep up their spirits. Moreover, it has now become a crucial part of a company's activities towards employees in the form of employee happiness quotient.
Appreciations, awards, and rewards are beneficial to a team's growth when they are quantifiable. A qualitative basis for appreciations is not good for a happy team in the long run. Appreciations, awards, and rewards play a great role in motivating team members.
An appreciation made in public makes one feel that he is recognized and acknowledged of his efforts and pushes him to perform better in the future.
But let us not ignore the other side of the coin. As the company grows, a team might get divided into sub-groups. So appreciating a few members, even though performing well, brings in jealousy and negative thoughts in others propelling negative politics and allegations on seniors. Soon, the negatives outweigh the positives of appreciations.
Ways to Show Appreciation to Employees in Office
Let them know the reason: The specifics are important. The impact created by them in the work.
The tone of communicating the message: A balance of a formal business tone with a hint of personal touch is important, maybe a handwritten note
A fun tradition- As a part of fun activities in your office or during holiday seasons, a holiday gift, a meal coupon, or ordering a pizza for lunch.
To maximize the benefits of appreciations, motivate employees well and make the awardees and seniors less vulnerable to politics and accusations, create a platform to quantify all the tasks, keeping the employees informed about the process. Of course, this mainly applies to awards and rewards;
A pat on the back by the senior even for the smallest task can boost the employees' morale.
All this is after keeping aside the general appraisals and bonuses.
In this non-ideal corporate world, we can only try and become the ideal kind in as many cases as we can.