Tomorrow, April 28th is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Most of us spontaneously think more of a safe workplace design in the sense of accident avoidance.
By far, the greater health impact in the workplace, however, is stress. In surveys, nearly three of four people questioned say that the workplace is their most significant stress factor.
What Exactly Causes Stress In The Workplace?
When it comes to stress in the workplace, the most common triggers cited are time pressure and heavy workload. However, a primarily underestimated phenomenon is a lack of appreciation and saying thank you.
If one follows the Effort-Reward-Imbalance Model (Sigrist, 1996), the perceived balance of high effort and low reward impacts the health of the respective person. Reward does not only refer to financial compensation. Instead, the status of the person, their prospects, and the supervisor’s or the company’s recognition are equally important. In other words, if an employee shows a high level of work effort and feels little rewarded, then this harms health. Keep in mind, it is not about the actual reward but rather how the individual employee rates it subjectively.
As a result, with a combination of high investment and low reward, the risk of cardiovascular disease increases by 2 to 4.5 times, and for depressive disorders by up to 3.5 times (Sigrist & Dragano, 2008).
How can we succeed in reducing the imbalance between effort and reward and the associated health risk? One magic words are ‘thank you for your hard work’.
For Strategies To Thank Your Employees For Hard Work
Overall, thanking your employees and colleagues is beneficial.
Next to a health-promoting effect, a perceived appreciation has other positive effects too.
- Stress in the workplace is a risk factor for your employee’s physical and mental health.
- A Thank You by the company or leadership positively affects health in the workplace.
- You can provide appreciation through more self-determination, positive feedback, small rewards, and active listening.
Do you feel valued by your company? How do you experience appreciation, or how do you thank others? I look forward to having a conversation and more ideas.
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Do you want to learn more about the importance of appreciation and thankfulness at the workplace? Please watch this powerful video.