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Appreciation Motivates Employees to Work Harder

Written by
John Quinn
John Quinn

It’s the carrot, not the stick that keeps employees motivated in the workplace, new research shows.

A study by online career site Glassdoor revealed that more than 80 percent of employees say they’re motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work, compared to less than 40 percent who are inspired to work harder when their boss is demanding or because they fear losing their job.

Showing gratitude also helps keep workers from developing a wandering eye. More than half of those surveyed said they would stay longer at their company if they felt more appreciation from their boss.

We’ve seen similar results at Bonus.ly. We survey every user of our small bonus system after three months using the system. We see:

  • 40% of users say their work feels more meaningful
  • 31% say they are more likely to refer a friend to work at their company
  • 85% are more likely to praise their colleagues
  • 38% report being more satisfied with their jobs

Read the full Huffington Post Story

Originally published on February 21, 2014 → Last updated July 2, 2019

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John Quinn

John is a Co-Founder of Bonusly, where he lends his broad experience in all aspects of developing and running large scale, world class, high availability web infrastructures. He's dedicated to providing delightful product experiences, and making work better for everyone.


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