Create a Culture of Employee Engagement

Written by
Kyle Sherman
Published on
January 19, 2022 8:00:00 AM PST January 19, 2022 8:00:00 AM PSTth, January 19, 2022 8:00:00 AM PST

Use recognition programs to raise employee motivation, which leads to more productivity.

Today, business leaders everywhere are tasked by their bosses to get the most out of their team. The effect of positive reinforcement on motivation is well-documented; when we receive it, we want more of it. So, if one of your employees does a great job on a project and you recognize their achievement in a meaningful way, chances are your employee will want to feel that same sense of accomplishment again -and work with this in mind on the next challenge, no matter its scope. This is the basic psychology behind successful employee recognition programs.


Science of Motivation

The science of motivation revolves around the effect of dopamine on people. Studies that test human motivation have found that those who are more willing to work hard for rewards have higher dopamine levels. However, no science or study is needed to know if employees receive no recognition for work that should get attention, it’s incredibly unmotivating. Why?


The employee starts to question whether their ideas really count what value they truly bring to an organization.


A recent badgeville.com survey of 1,200 U.S. employees from many different industries finds:


●83% of respondents says recognition is more fulfilling than any reward or gift

●88% find praise from managers very or extremely motivating

●70% report their most meaningful recognition “had no dollar value”

●76% find peer praise very or extremely motivating


Whether it’s praise from a manage or a peer, praise is praise, and can fuel truly outcome-changing motivation from employees. How do you incorporate this into a culture of employee engagement?


Empower employees to show gratitude.

The definition of gratitude is, “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” Gratitude raises the well-being of everyone on your team; practicing gratitude makes us better workers and better people. More to the point, when we express our gratitude to others, we strengthen our relationship with them.


Whether you (or members of your team) keep a gratitude journal, meditate on gratitude or express your gratitude every chance you get, it is contagious. It’s a little like happiness: When you make someone happy, you’ll be happy – and both of you will continue to pay it forward.


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