#AttitudeOfGratitude: SAP Global Appreciation Day
Just two months ago, it felt like a drop in morale was imminent. But I haven’t seen any of that. At least not in my teams. Despite overwhelming change to our normal routines, I have watched the SAP family triumph. And because of that, I am delighted to take part in SAP Global Appreciation Day. I feel like it has come at the right time.
An attitude of gratitude sums up SAP HR perfectly. But, the sustained implications of COVID-19 have turned employee engagement on its head. Even some of the world’s largest companies have sent the majority of their workforce home. It’s no surprise that employees all over the world, from all manner of industries, are becoming increasingly uncertain. Active appreciation certainly brightens things up.
Appreciation vs. Recognition
Most companies will have some form of appreciation or recognition program. Where some will apply hard measures such as an “appreciation hour” or gamify mundane tasks to strengthen employee motivation, others apply soft measures. These can be as simple as providing growth opportunities. But appreciation isn’t a luxury and it also should never be just another simple HR process. It should come from the heart.
How employees want to be appreciated is another matter. An increase in pay is nice, but a Gallup study showed that public and private recognition are the most effective ways to forge engaged and motivated employees. As we see people who are overwhelmed with working from home, appreciation can be a catalyst for positive changes. And while every employee is different, with their own unique need for appreciation, it is important that company leaders around the world demonstrate appreciation to employees.
Glassdoor highlights some fascinating stats related to appreciation and employee engagement. For example, did you know:
● More than half of employees (53%) admit they would stay longer at a company if they felt more appreciation.
● 81% will work harder when a boss shows appreciation.
The numbers show the importance of a thank you not just from above. Peer appreciation also contributes to the positive vibes. After all, 90% of employees who feel valued at work say they’re more motivated to do their best.
The Time is Right
Our programs at SAP HR fuel motivated workforces with compassion, driving individuals to achieve their maximum potential. With the aim of fostering a sustainable culture of reward, recognition, and appreciation, the event – like appreciation itself – isn’t limited to one day. We aim to give everyone the chance to take part in workshops, sessions, and challenges. The end goal is to ensure appreciation (in all its many forms) remains an inherent part of our company culture.
From Me to You
Now, for those of you who are part of the Total Rewards family, I want to thank you for everything you do. As I mentioned, we are dealing with unprecedented challenges and I am so thankful to be on this team. The work we do every day makes me so proud!
“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it all into words is all that is necessary.” — Margaret Cousins
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