It’s a wonderful feeling isn’t it, when someone at your place of work congratulates you on your work or says that they really value your contributions or comments on what a valued and trusted colleague you are. Whatever the compliment that you receive about you as a person, a colleague, your skills, the quality of your work or indeed, anything at all whereby it professionally elevates you, then you will find that it gives your overall mental health a boost.
Feeling liked and wanted, as well as appreciated and respected by the people around you can elevate your mood and ensure that you feel part of a team effort which is a really powerful contributing factor towards job satisfaction and maintaining your overall wellbeing, both at work and at home.
Being recognised for your efforts forges a strong connection between you and your work which in turn then contributes to how much more positively you begin to perceive yourself. Any employee who feels recognised and appreciated are far more likely to approach their tasks with renewed enthusiasm and dedication.
Being acknowledged in a positive light also creates a far more supportive and inclusive working environment. When colleagues, supervisors, managers or even clients and customers express their sincere gratitude or praise, it cultivates a culture of positivity and collaboration. This more positive atmosphere will inevitably encourage increased levels of open communication at all levels because employees will feel that their hard work and contributions are an integral part of the ongoing success of the team and of course, the organisation as a whole.
Recognition acts as a motivating force and drives you to do better, achieve more and excel as much as you can. It also gives you the confidence that employees so often lack yet rarely admit to. When efforts are appreciated, employees are much more inclined to take on challenges that they may have previously stayed away from. This motivation enhances both productivity and performance which ultimately benefits all involved.
Additionally, when you are recognised and appreciated in your place of work, it can be a huge factor in reducing stress and reducing the dreaded burnout. Regular and positive acknowledgements can act as a buffer against the stresses that evolve from workplace environments as you will become more resilient with a more positive outlook.
The relationship between recognition, appreciation and well being is one that should not be underestimated. Organisations that prioritise and promote this important relationship are creating a culture that not only attracts and retains top talent but actively nurtures a positive working environment where professionals thrive.