Recognition and appreciation at the workplace
In 2016 there were approximately 4,5 million (about 71,5% of the 15 – 64 year olds) people who were employed Austria. The job market has an effect on everyone. Since most people work about half of their lives, they want to in a satisfying workplace where their effort is recognized and where they are appreciated. In fact, recognition and appreciation not only affects the motivation of workers (which is a benefit for the employers too), but a lack of appreciation may have negative impacts on the social and psychological well-being individuals and can even lead to depression. Recognition is key to job satisfaction, but a study by the BMA found that only 74,3% of people regularly experience recognition. It seems that managers and peers have a hard time finding appreciative and thankful words to share with others and also the time to share them. In order to increase the number of motivated and happy workers, we need to find a way to empower managers and co-workers to create a recognition culture.
 Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales