Why Employee Appreciation Matters

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-27-2017 Email

Given the severe shortage of technology talent, CIOs can't underestimate the value of demonstrating appreciation for their staffers' good work. In fact, a growing number of employees said they are likely to quit a job if they don't feel appreciated, according to a recent survey from OfficeTeam. Fortunately, most senior managers recognize this need. How they express their gratitude, however, can fall within the classic categories of good, bad and downright ugly, as highlighted in the real-life examples compiled by OfficeTeam. Examples of "great appreciation" that we're including here indicate that many companies are willing to put their hearts—if not a large chunk of cash—into these efforts. But in our "you shouldn't have" examples (i.e., bad and ugly gestures), employees are stuck with useless gift certificates, piddling raises and ill-fitting additions to their wardrobe. The upshot: Give as you would like to receive—even if it doesn't involve budget funding. "All professionals like to be acknowledged for their contributions, and not just once or twice a year," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. "While monetary rewards are always crowd-pleasers, companies don't need to spend a lot to show appreciation to their workers. Regular praise and even tokens of gratitude can go a long way." More than 750 workers and 600 senior managers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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