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The headline “Improve Employee Engagement” is everywhere in the business culture. Understandably so, because employee engagement is linked to less turnover, higher productivity and ultimately, to increased profitability. As a coach, providing your clients with the skills and resources to boost employee engagement will be extremely valuable to them. A key way is through authentic appreciation.
Simply said, appreciation is taking a moment to focus upon individuals to show that you value the work they do. People clearly want to be appreciated for their contributions:
But, unfortunately, most people don’t feel appreciated at work.
In fact, while 51 percent of managers surveyed across several companies felt they were doing a good job of recognizing employees for work well done, only 17 percent of the employees who worked for those managers felt appreciated by their supervisor. Thus, a wide discrepancy existed between how the managers perceived they were doing and what their employees experienced.
The first core principle to understand is that not everyone feels appreciated in the same ways. Each person has a specific “language” that, when used, communicates a clear message that they are appreciated. Research and experience have identified five languages of appreciation in the workplace:
Four core conditions need to be present in order for employees to truly feel appreciated. Business leaders need to focus on communicating appreciation in these ways in order to be effective in their efforts. And, coaches need to assist their clients in implementing these steps.
Team members will feel valued when appreciation is communicated:
With some thoughtfulness and intentionality, creating a culture of appreciation in the workplace is attainable, and an investment that makes good business sense. But many leaders need assistance and a structured process to apply the concepts of communicating authentic appreciation.
About the Author:
Paul White, Ph.D., is a psychologist, author and speaker, who “makes work relationships work.” White is the co-author of three books including, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, which has sold over 330,000 copies (written with Gary Chapman, Ph.D., author of the #1 NY Times best-seller, The 5 Love Languages). Their online assessment tool, Motivating by Appreciation Inventory, has been taken by over 175,000 employees and their Appreciation at Work training resources are used in over 25 countries.
This Blog post is re-blogged from Coach Federation, and the original post can be found here: https://coachfederation.org/blog/authentic-appreciation
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