After nearly 10 years of researching employee engagement, it is clear that being recognized for good work is a key ingredient to an engaged workforce—our 2012 Employee Engagement Trends Report proves it. But generic forms of recognition may not be enough. Recognition comes in all shapes and sizes, and in order for it to work, it needs to come in a form that employees value.
Recognizing employees and making them feel appreciated confirms that their work is valued. According to our What Employees Want whitepaper, employees who receive recognition that makes them feel valued have higher levels of engagement. So how do we know what kinds of recognition employees overlook and what kinds make them feel valued?
We asked them.
Below are comments found on employee engagement surveys that tell us what kind of recognition makes employees feel valued.