Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Employee Appreciation Day - Do you have one ?

Dear HR , Training and Learning & Development Heads,

The economy in Malaysia is not looking very bright since last year.  Petronas has already announced the ‘termination’ word and many other employers are going through VSS, MSS, Redundancy drives.  What about those who are left behind to direct and lead the ‘ship’.  How can you appreciate them more?

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Actually, according to research, it has taken about 1,009,491 days to build Rome, based on the traditional founding of the city on April 21, 753 BCE. 

The Boston Consulting Group and The Network recently conducted a survey of 200,000 people from 189 countries and found that the most important job element for all people is appreciation for their work.  A research study by Marcial Losada also said, that high performing teams, the expression of positive feedback outweighs negative feedback by a ratio of 5.6 to 1. The ratio for low-performing teams is .36 to 1.

Research to indicate employees Happiness on the Job:
1.      Appreciation for your work
2.      Good relationships with collegues
3.      Good work life balance
4.      Good relationships with superiors
5.      Company’s financial stability
6.      Learning and development path
7.      Job Security
8.      Attractive salary
9.      Interesting job contents
10.  Company values

4 tips from that HBR article indicates about Employee Appreciation:
1.“Above all else, Appreciating your employee will do no harm.” It’s costing our businesses too much to de-value employees, so focus on the good. In one Glassdoor survey, 81% percent of employees said they will work harder when their boss shows appreciation, as opposed to only 38% who will work harder when a boss is demanding and 37% because they fear losing a job.

2.Start by appreciating your own work. Begin by asking yourself at the end of each day what you rightly feel proud of. Appreciating yourself will help you openly appreciate others.

3.Notice what others are doing right. WorkHuman speaker Shawn Achor advises leaders: “If you want to set the tone or mood, make sure you get some of the first words in [and set a positive tone.] Then sit back and watch how people’s engagement and motivation improve in response to your power lead..”
4.Be specific about what you value.  There are times that employees and managers need a little guidance on how to do it right. 

Here are 3 quick tips you can give your employees, to help them write a memorable and effective thank you.

1.   Avoid Hyperbole and Say What You See
    It is okay to be colorful, but if you use language that is too over-the-top, with no supporting evidence, you are likely to cause disbelief or skepticism. Instead, stick to the things you yourself observed and can say with certainty. That will give your praise much more credibility. Also, avoid language that evaluates, judges or defines people, as it may cause them discomfort as they think “No, I’m not…”

2.   Be as Specific as Possible
    If you want your praise to inspire a repeat performance, then be sure you’re being specific as to what inspired you to give it. This sort of detail will also make the recognition a lot more meaningful to your

3.   Make Sure You’re Thanking for the Right Thing
     Sometimes we are inspired to thank someone, but we find it hard to articulate exactly why, or we’re in a hurry so we don’t bother. Make sure you take the time to delve a little deeper—really think about what it is that has inspired you to thank, and articulate it. This will give your coworkers a much clearer roadmap for what they are doing right, and will be more convincing.

Hope this article is helpful to you

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