The human need for recognition and acknowledgment doesn’t stop when we walk out of our homes and head for work. On the contrary, the need for recognition in the workplace is so significant that it determines, more than just about anything else, whether or not we care about our 9-to-5.
“Research by UK performance improvement consultants Maritz has found that almost one in five of us (19 per cent) have never been thanked for our efforts at work while more than a third only hear those two little words once or twice a year.
“Perhaps not entirely coincidentally, that’s about the same proportion as another recent survey found have no loyalty towards the organization they work for and couldn’t care less about their job.
“Yet at the other end of the spectrum, around a third of us do receive regular recognition and are thanked several times a week, something that (as more than eight out of 10 of those surveyed acknowledged) has a positive impact on their desire to remain with their employer.”
He or she who isn’t cared about, whose manager/employer can’t be bothered to give the occasional nod of approval, “good job” or other mark of recognition, doesn’t do good work. Whereas an appreciated employee not only stays with his or her employer, that employee is engaged, and more often than not, does good work. It’s as simple as that.
One plus one equals two. Do the math.