The old saying, “you’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar”, is a slightly quirky one but with timeless pertinence. In the workplace it’s a simple reminder to treat people well, in order to get the best out of them.
It’s not rocket science of course. When a person feels valued, they feel good and are more likely to be productive, creative and committed. On the other hand, an employee who feels their contribution goes unrecognised has less incentive to try, and their care factor diminishes.
At COS we have a simply Reward & Recognition (R&R) program, where everyone has the opportunity to vote for anybody they think deserves a shout-out. An employee of the month is then chosen from amongst the latest votes and eventually an employee of the year.
You may already have a similar program in place and ideally appreciation is already a part of your workplace culture, but there are so many very simple ways to show a little care and appreciation.
The most basic and often overlooked courtesy in the workplace, simply acknowledging someone’s hard work and effort can be enough to make a huge difference to someone’s mindset.
Some research shows that frequent recognition makes work more meaningful, and meaningful work is one of the top three reasons employees remain with a company. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to say, “Thank you” and the effect of a pat on the back is far more powerful than ignoring those who help to keep the business functioning.
Encouraging appreciation between staff can be just as effective. Some businesses have an official nomination system where staff can be recognised for an act of kindness or the extra effort they make within the business. Building an environment where mutual appreciation is central to staff happiness makes for a more positive workplace overall and may encourage employees to go above and beyond their basic duties.