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Recognition and Appreciation : Equally Important For Employees

Recognition and Appreciation : Equally Important For Employees

Recognition and Appreciation : Equally Important For Employees

We often find ourselves puzzled between these two words: recognition and appreciation. Sometimes, we think both of them are the same thing. But, in reality, both are poles apart. Both are equally important for employees in an organization, but both are quite dissimilar from each other. Hence, if you (as a leader) want that your team grows and organization wants that it create an employee-friendly culture by adding up loyalty and high performance, then it’s the high time for both to understand the difference between recognition and appreciation. 

Let’s start one by one. 

Recognition is the act of acknowledging employees’ or team’s performance, efforts, and accomplishment which enables organizations to achieve their goals and values. It provides positive feedback to employees based on their performance. Also, it motivates employees to maintain their good performance. 

Recognition happens in two different ways. Sometimes formally — through an award, bonus, promotion or a hike and sometimes, informally — includes a verbal thank you, or an acknowledging note. Irrespective of any of the ways, if organizations or leaders don’t recognize their teams or employees on time or in a genuine way, recognition will not hold any meaning. 

On the other hand, appreciation is another factor contributing to the organizations’ culture. Appreciation is about acknowledging employees’ inbuilt values — as a colleague and as a human being. You can show appreciation for people around you through three different ways:

  • Listen to your employees: This is one of the best ways to appreciate your employees. Keeping everything — phone, computer, and work aside, you should genuinely listen to your employees and their problems. 
  • Value your people: You should learn how to value people. Not because they do something for you or you want something from them, but because they are with you when you need them. This creates a positive impact on your colleagues, the feelings they have for you and the relationship they have with you.
  • Care for your employees: Teddy Roosevelt once said: “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” Hence, caring plays a crucial role in appreciating people with whom we work. Asking them, how they are doing, if they are happy with their work or whether they are facing any challenges or not can help you to appreciate people. 

Wrapping it up

Though appreciation is important every time, recognition is imperative and appropriate when earned and deserved. Hence, a great leader or a successful organization should always focus on cultivating both: recognition and appreciation. 


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