Most people cite ‘lack of appreciation’ as a reason for leaving a job. Lack of recognition is the top predictor of burnout and receiving recent recognition is in the top three predictors of engagement.
Not being recognised for hard work can cause motivation and engagement to plummet, often leading to stress and an irreconcilable disconnect between employer and employee. A lack of recognition is also a predictor of higher levels of loneliness.
Especially in ‘these times’, effective workplace recognition has never been so important. Organisations need to let their people know that they see the extraordinary lengths they are going to and are grateful for those efforts.