Because there are so many great articles on employee engagement and creating a culture of appreciation in the workplace, I want to share the best of these resources with you. Here are my favorites from this week. I have included some of my thoughts on these gratitude strategies (“Grategies”) and would like to hear your comments too.

Managers With High Well-Being Twice as Likely to Be Engaged by Annamarie Mann and Jade Wood

(Gallup.com) “Thriving managers are almost twice as likely as managers who are not thriving to strongly agree that they have the opportunity to do what they do best every day and that there is someone at work who encourages their development. Managers who are thriving in well-being are also almost twice as likely to strongly agree that their opinions seem to count at work and that their associates or fellow employees are committed to doing quality work than managers who are not thriving in well-being.”

My Thoughts:  Sometimes organizations spend so much time focusing on the employees, they forget the role that management plays. Remember, your managers need love too!

Are Loose Cannons Driving Down Your Employee Engagement Scores? By Jennifer Miller

(Gov Exec.com) “The loose cannon archetype is an employee who is emotionally connected to the organization’s vision, as evidenced by their high energy and passionate commitment. What this type of employee lacks, according to Newsweaver, is the clarity on “where to apply their enthusiasm effectively.” Interesting.”

My Thoughts:   As a creative person, I know from experience that my enthusiasm was not always recognized or rewarded in the workplace.  This article gives some great ideas to help manager focus their “loose cannon’s” energy into more constructive uses.

Appreciation: The Key To High-Performing Employees by Siimon Reynolds

(Forbes.com) “It turns out that almost all workers are crying out for something that we as leaders could so easily give them:  Appreciation.  Gallup’s research shows that praise is extremely rare in most workplaces. In fact the majority of employees report that they have received zero recognition in the last year!”

My thoughts:  Saying, “Thank you.”  It doesn’t cost a time. It’s doesn’t take a lot of time. Yet showing sincere appreciation makes a huge difference in the level of employee commitment to your organization.

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Lisa Ryan, creator of Grategy® is a professional speaker and bestselling author who focuses on workplace culture. For more information contact (216) 225-8027. For information on Grategy® programs please visit http://www.grategy.com. Follow on Twitter: @Grategy