When working as an employee retention speaker and employee retention author, I have seen studies that indicate that as much as 50% of the workforce doesn’t feel appreciated. That is half the people out there that are working. This is a problem that is easy to solve. The easiest way to solve this problem is to acknowledge people when they do a good job. I am not talking about gushing platitudes at people. I am talking about saying to someone when they do something right say, “Looks good,” “nicely done,” and “keep up the good work.” This is a simple acknowledgement they did something right. People need to hear that. It is important to them.
Often when functioning as an employee retention trainer, I hear managers question the need to give appreciation like I just mentioned for “everything” someone does. I am not talking about every time. What I am talking about is on a regular basis. The old school philosophy of your people only hearing from you when they do something wrong is exactly that…old school. If you want get the most out of people, you need to show them appreciation for doing a good job because clearly, 50% of the workforce does not feel that is happening.
If you want to drive your employee retention strategies, improve productivity, quality, engagement and a host of other metrics we all strive to improve, start acknowledging your people. Why? Because getting results is NOT “old school.”