Recognition is something we naturally need, it is an innate part of people, and it can be especially useful in hybrid or remote work environments where there can be a certain disconnect between people, as it is a mechanism that encourages fellowship and team unity. Thus, among the many reasons why recognition in the workplace is important, here are four which stand out for the weight they play in building a strong culture.
A study by Greg Bartlomiejczuk1 shows that 41% of change in engagement can be attributed to the intensity of recognition received by a person in the company.
One of the main drivers of engagement in the workplace is recognition. It provides a strong morale boost which helps people stay involved with their work and feel appreciated for it. It also helps teams maintain good strong relations between colleagues, helping reinforce the company’s culture.
Productivity and performance
The study by Dana Arakawa and Margaret Greenberg2 found that managers who give frequent recognition can increase their teams’ productivity by up to 31%.
Receiving recognition for our achievements in the workplace, such as recognition from a manager for a task that was finished on time, positively reinforces a behavior we will seek to repeat, which will have a direct impact on productivity and performance at work.
According to the study by Achievers3, 36% of employees cite a lack of recognition as a major factor in leaving their jobs.
Receiving recognition, especially in a sincere and continuous manner from your colleagues and managers, greatly promotes factors such as fellowship, a good atmosphere and self-fulfillment, aspects that directly impact job satisfaction and general self-satisfaction.
The study by the Journal of Business and Economics4 indicates that some of the strongest effects of recognition are better communication and collaboration between team members.
Putting in place a regular recognition process between colleagues has a direct impact on company culture.
Recognition promotes personal relations in the company between colleagues and even between different teams helping internal networks grow, a fundamental aspect for strengthening the culture of the organization.