43617982_SToo often, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture at work. We tend to value people on the job for the volume of work they produce rather than their commitment, work ethic and the intangible value they bring to the organization.

However, you can change the corporate culture by adding an element of appreciation. Remember, most people aren’t simply motivated by a paycheck. It extends beyond that. They want to work hard and contribute and be noticed and respected for their efforts. It’s really an innate human desire.

Here are several reasons recognition can ensure the long-standing health of your organization and improve employee retention:

Reason #1: Recognition results in happier people. When was the last time someone you respect paid you a compliment? How did it make you feel? Chances are good it brought a smile to your face and made you feel great. By honoring the hard work of staff, you are boosting confidence and making them feel positive about the work they contribute.

Reason #2: Recognition is public acknowledgement. Most employees’ efforts go unnoticed because they aren’t calling attention to themselves or their work. But regular public recognition—in front of a peer group of volunteers at a staff meeting, for example—validates how you as a leader feel about their work. That’s truly special and meaningful.

Reason #3: Recognition tends to replicate. When you recognize hard-working folks, chances are high that goodwill will spread. Team members who have been honored can be encouraged to report back on co-workers who are also making a difference—and deserve similar recognition. By creating a kind of virtuous circle of positive feedback, people will enjoy working together more and, thus, get more done for the organization.

If you haven’t made an effort in the employee recognition department, now is a great time to start. We can help you handpick branded items as tokens of appreciation. It’s just one of the many ways we help you put your best foot forward!