Being appreciated is one of the great motivators at work, even better than money. Researchers at the London School of Economics analysed more than 50 studies finto what gets people charged up at work. They concluded that we give our best effort if the work gets us interested and excited, if we feel that it’s providing meaning and purpose, and if others appreciate what we’re doing.
A recent survey showed that 80% of respondents agreed that receiving gratitude makes them work harder. Nevertheless, only 10% managed to express gratitude to others every day. “Thanks”—whether sent up, down or sideways—was rarely heard.