In an article in the Harvard Business Review, Mike Robbins writes that employees need both recognition and appreciation.
As he puts it, there is a big difference between the two words. "For leaders who want their teams to thrive and organizations that want to create cultures of engagement, loyalty, and high performance, it is important to understand the distinction," he said. He added that recognition is about giving positive feedback based on results or performance. Appreciation, on the other hand, is about acknowledging a person's inherent value.
The point isn’t their accomplishments, he says. It’s their worth as a colleague and a human being.
You can rad the full article here.