Factors of Engagement: 10. Appreciation

Appreciation is a determining factor for employee engagement and job satisfaction. It is the positive emotional reward that people receive for their dedication and hard work, from their direct managers, colleagues and other members of the organization. Appreciation is not monetary, and remains important throughout the employee’s life cycle.

It is one of the drivers in the scientific Employee Happiness Model®.

Improve employee engagement through drivers

It is important to gain insight into what makes your employees enthusiastic, happy and productive. What are their motives? You can find this out by scanning the 15 factors of engagement. But you can’t do everything at once. So first focus on the theme where you think the most impact can be achieved, simply or quickly!

Proper recognition and appreciation are essential for motivating employees. Financial incentives alone are not enough.

(Afolabi, Fernando & Bottiglieri, 2018)

Employee Happiness Model > theme work > appreciation

Together with the drivers Salary & Benefits, Learning & Development and Intrinsic Motivation, Appreciation forms the theme ‘Work’ in the Employee Happiness Model and the measurement method of 2DAYSMOOD.

This theme is about what an organization can offer to the employee in exchange for their work and the dedication they contributes to the overall performance of the organization. This may concern intrinsic factors (e.g. appreciation) and extrinsic factors (e.g. monetary). By finding out how employees think about the drivers in this theme, you will discover how they get satisfaction from their work and how you can (continue to) motivate them.

The EHM consists of four themes: Organization, People, Work and Wellbeing. Curious about the other themes and drivers?  Download the whitepaper


Checklist: how does appreciation influence engagement?

Positive influences on employee engagement

  • Good work and extra effort are recognized and appreciated
  • Professional procedures for the training and development of employees
  • Show appreciation for different opinions and take them into account when making decisions

Negative influences on employee engagement

  • The feeling that you are not respected for your commitment and performance
  • Leaders who do not compliment and / or thank employees
  • Managers with a lack of interest in the tasks and projects that keep the employee busy

How do your employees think about this? Ask them! Or do an online satisfaction measurement of appreciation and other drivers.

Why (HR) directors investigate the 15 drivers

You can see the 15 drivers in the Employee Happiness Model as measurable factors that have a negative or positive impact on employee happiness and involvement. By increasing satisfaction with these factors, you can improve stress, vitality, productivity and employee turnover!

In your own organization or team you can monitor the status of the drivers, quickly and easily, by using our realtime measuring method and 15 second survey. In this way, you will discover through a smart analysis of satisfaction and importance, where you can take specific and data-driven action.

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