Most employers try to appreciate their employees as much as possible. Some show appreciation through special treats and perks like gas gift cards, tickets to a game, or discounted gym memberships. Although perks are always nice, most employees feel that appreciation is much simpler to achieve; all it takes are consistent "thank you's" and feedback on performance.
Muse gives employers four simple pieces of advice:
Be Intentional with Everyday Conversations
Show Them that Others Need Them, Too
Recognize Them as Individuals
These habits are simple and don't require a budget. Many employees agree their managers make every effort to carry out these practices every day.
A Gallup poll reported millennials, in particular, feel less appreciated and engaged at work. According to Appreciation at Work, an organization devoted to developing healthy workplace cultures:
The Gallup Group found that the majority of millennials (55%) are less engaged at work than all other generations and that earning more money is not the primary driving force for them.
Millennials largely want a collaborative working environment and flexible schedules. And above all else, millennials value feedback. Given that millennials now make up the largest generation in the workforce, if these factors are absent, many employees are likely to feel under-appreciated. Appreciation at Work's Paul White writes:
Unfortunately, however, expressing appreciation is not commonplace. A study by the John Templeton Foundation found that 60% of employees say they either “never” express gratitude at work, or do so perhaps once a year.
For some, appreciation comes down to developing a personal relationship with coworkers and managers alike. If your boss can level with you like a friend, they are more likely to give you feedback, challenge you, and say "thank you."
But for others, a bad boss can ruin the relationship you have with the whole office. If your boss takes credit for your work, interrupts you, or doesn't place value in your ideas, you'll likely feel downtrodden on a daily basis.
According to Forbes, 66 percent of employees say they would quit their job if they didn't feel appreciated. Forbes also reports that 43 percent of millennials plan to leave their jobs within the next two years. Although there are a number of reasons why anyone would leave their job, there's no question that millennials have changed the nature of "working their way up."
Millennials spend less time at each company, and a lack of understanding among employers on how to show appreciation is likely one of many culprits.