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Back to the Basics: How Recognition Motivates Employees?

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Back to the Basics: How Recognition Motivates Employees?

HR Experts believe that motivation is a key factor for building a highly productive and efficient workforce. A motivated workforce plays a key role in the consistent growth and success of an organization. Timely and appropriate recognition motivates employees

Why is Employee Motivation important for an Organization?

Motivated employees form the pillars of a successful organization.

Discussed below are a few reasons why employee motivation is so important:

Why is Employee Motivation important for an Organization

1. Higher Productivity

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Research has revealed that a high level of motivation can increase employee productivity by at least 12%.

Motivated employees display greater focus and commitment towards completing the work assigned to them in time, without asking for more resources or extension of deadlines.

2. Better Quality of Work

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Also, motivated employees are likely to deliver a better quality of output, ensuring there are fewer errors and less need for rework.

3. Enhanced Customer Experience

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Additionally, customer experience is boosted when employees are motivated.

Hence they are likely to be more committed to the needs of the customers and are willing to go that extra mile to ensure their satisfaction.

4. Better Problem Solving


Motivated employees will put in their best efforts to overcome internal or external challenges that they might face while completing their work.

They are less likely to offer these challenges as excuses for delays.

They are also more likely to take the initiative to muster all the help and resources required to get the work done.

5. Greater Collaboration


Motivated employees tend to show greater willingness to help their coworkers and offer support and guidance to each other.

 They are likely to create a positive and focused work environment, with high levels of coordination and camaraderie between themselves.

Hence, they are more likely to think about the greater good of the organization and overcome challenges together.

6. Less Need for Supervision

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Also, motivated employees most often need little or no supervision and can work independently without any follow-up from their supervisors.

Hence they would reach out to their supervisors or their coworkers themselves if they need any help or support.

7. Greater Innovation and Creativity

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Additionally, motivated employees are likely to come up with innovative solutions for business problems and display more creativity at work.

Hence, they would work towards simplifying business processes and driving continuous improvements at the workplace.

Therefore, they would bring in new ideas from outside to drive improvements at work.

Read: What should organizations do for Employee Motivation?

How does Recognition boost Employee Motivation?

Timely and appropriate rewards and recognition can help drive employee motivation.

This is how it works:

1. Enhances their Self-esteem

2. Increases Job Satisfaction

3. Enhances Social Value

4. Promotes a Sense of Belonging

5. Provides a Greater Sense of Purpose

Back to the Basics: How Recognition Motivates Employees?

1. Enhances their Self-esteem

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When rewarded and recognized for their hard work, employees feel truly valued.

Additionally, it helps in enhancing their sense of self-worth and assures them that their work is making a positive impact on the success of their organization.

Hence, such employees feel motivated and inspired to be a much-valued part of the organization.

2. Increases Job Satisfaction

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According to a research report, 86% of the employees feel happier upon being rewarded and appreciated at work.

Recognition and job satisfaction are strongly correlated.

Employees can understand the significance and the impact of their work in the larger scheme of things.

Therefore, happier and satisfied employees are likely to be more motivated and inspired to do more.

3. Enhances Social Value

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An effective employee rewards and recognition program not only ensures that the employee feels ‘rewarded’ and ‘recognized’ but also gains social visibility among his or he coworkers.

Hence, social visibility and respect give a huge boost to the motivation level of the employee.

4. Promotes a Sense of Belonging

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Moreover, employee rewards and recognition are a great way to acknowledge and appreciate the employee’s contribution and to make him or her feel that they are an integral part of the organization and its success.

5. Provides a Greater Sense of Purpose


Also, acknowledgment of employee performance and achievements in the form of rewards and recognition gives them a deeper sense of purpose and enhances their engagement levels.

Therefore, recognized employees see a stronger alignment of their work with the overall organization goals, increasing their level of motivation.


Understanding how recognition motivates employees can help organizations design and implement suitable employee rewards and recognition programs that can help drive the motivation levels of their workforce.

Read: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Set up an Employee Recognition Program

Sagar Chaudhuri

Lead author: Sagar Chaudhuri, the Co-Founder and CEO of HiFives. He is an HR Tech Evangelist with over 25 years of experience in the corporate world and entrepreneurship. In the past, Sagar has worked in companies such as Genpact, Infosys, and ICICI Bank, in leadership roles. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. Connect on LinkedIn

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