Recognition at the Workplace: How to find and express appreciation

Recognition at work is an essential element for personal satisfaction and motivation. As an employee, you play an active role in creating an environment where appreciation and recognition are central. This article offers practical tips for finding appreciation in your own work and expressing appreciation towards your colleagues.

1. Recognizing appreciation in your work

Sometimes it can be challenging to recognize and appreciate the recognition you receive.

  • Pay attention to small gestures: Appreciation doesn’t always need to be large or formal. Pay attention to the small gestures from your colleagues and superiors that acknowledge your efforts.
  • Celebrate your own successes: Learn to recognize and celebrate your own achievements, even if others do not.

2. Actively seeking feedback

Feedback is a form of recognition that can help improve your work and skills.

  • Ask for feedback: Be proactive and regularly ask for feedback from your superiors and colleagues.
  • Ask specific questions: Specific questions about your work can lead to more detailed and useful feedback.

3. Expressing appreciation towards colleagues

Expressing appreciation towards others can create a positive work atmosphere.

  • Give sincere compliments: A sincere compliment can go a long way. Pay attention to your colleagues’ achievements and express your appreciation.
  • Acknowledge the contribution of others: In a team, recognize the contributions of all team members, not just your own.

4. Participating in a culture of recognition

You can contribute to strengthening a culture of recognition within your organization.

  • Be an example: By showing appreciation and recognition yourself, you encourage others to do the same.
  • Initiate peer-to-peer recognition: Start by acknowledging your colleagues’ achievements and encourage them to do the same.

5. Self-reflection and growth

Recognition is also a tool for personal growth and self-reflection.

  • Reflect on feedback: Use feedback, both positive and constructive, to improve your skills and performance.
  • Set personal goals: Use recognition as motivation to set personal goals and develop yourself.


As an employee, you have the power to promote a culture of appreciation and recognition at your workplace. By actively seeking appreciation, expressing it, and acknowledging it, you can create a more positive and satisfying work environment for yourself and your colleagues. Remember that appreciation comes in all forms and that everyone plays a role in recognizing and celebrating success.

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