We all like to feel appreciated. No matter what we do, getting positive feedback about our efforts or intentions gives our egos a boost and motivates us to keep going. In the field of psychology, it has been noted that providing a reinforcing stimulus following a behavior makes it more likely that the behavior will be repeated in the future. Additionally, if a favorable reward or response takes place after an action, that particular response or behavior will be strengthened.

The concept of positive feedback for a job well done is equally applicable in an office environment. Within any business, praise and words of appreciation can go a long way towards increased productivity as well as a healthier working environment.

A study conducted by Badgeville.com indicated that 83% of employees surveyed found recognition for contributions to be more fulfilling than rewards and gifts. Another 88% believed praise from managers in particular was either very or extremely motivating.

Besides offering words of approval, there are other ways of successfully recognizing employees so that it will prove beneficial for both the employee and the business owner.

First, a few basic tips:

Changing Times

Employee recognition has changed over the last decade and what worked well in the office years ago might fall flat on its face in today’s business climate. Remember when the best you could do was announce the ‘best employee of the month’ contest? We’ve gone past this concept and workers seem to need more immediate recognition if they are going to be motivated and productive. So it is important for you as the business owner or office manager to be creative in the way you spread good feelings to an individual employee or a group working for you.

Here are some ideas for successful employee recognition: