Ways to Show Appreciation To Your Co-workers

We love to feel appreciated. Indeed, appreciation is one of the most remarkable drivers of activity at the workplace.

Ways to Show Appreciation To Your Co-workers
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When you show someone that you appreciate their work, they will want to work harder in return. Obviously, if a co-worker does not feel appreciated, they will most likely start looking for a new job somewhere else.

But what makes appreciation so important? Appreciation is a basic demonstration of recognising one's worth. Rather than simply being perceived for their achievements, appreciation permits the beneficiary to feel esteemed, seen, preferred, associated, and important. The attention is on their value as an individual, not on their achievements.

As humans, we yearn for approval, and we love to be adored. Here are some tips to express appreciation to your co-workers.

1. Use magic words

Using magic words like ‘please’ and ‘thank you' can be used to show co-workers respect and to make them feel comfortable within a given situation. A more generous and courteous work environment is valued by all.

2. Be genuine

I know this is not easy especially if there is someone you cannot work with at your workplace, but it is not hard to spot a fake. Be honest and genuine when it comes to showing your appreciation to your co-workers. If have you have nothing nice to say, then do not say at all.

3. Listening

Sometimes putting down the phone, looking away from the monitor, and paying attention to what your co-workers are saying is all you need to do to show appreciation.

4. Get to know your co-workers

Get to know your co-workers better by asking about their hobbies or interests. You can also ask how their day or weekend was.  This will make the individual feel important and cared about.

5. Check on them

Everyone goes through tough times and very often they do not show it. It is a good idea to check on your co-workers from time to time just to make sure they are doing fine.

6. Small gifts matter

Present a small gift to your co-workers like a cup of coffee or a potted plant to brighten their day. You can give a card for special occasions like a birthday, or to offer compassion when they are sick or encounter a family demise.

7. Commend work commemorations and achievements

You can always work with the HR manager to remunerate your co-workers for their achievements by celebrating and expressing gratitude towards them. Regardless of whether they just completed their postgraduate education or welcoming a new baby, you can always set aside some time and effort to celebrate with them and remind them that they are valued and cared for.


Regardless of whether you are the CEO or a junior executive in your company, it is important to spread a culture of value and to show appreciation at your workplace. Everyone needs to feel valued for work, time, and effort.

If you want to build a work culture where others want to support you and work with you, you need to show appreciation. As the saying goes, 'What goes around, comes around'.