Top Reasons Why Managers Don't Praise Employees

Employee recognition is a crucial aspect of any work environment.

However, it’s not uncommon for employees to feel undervalued or unappreciated by their managers.

In this blog post, I’d like to explore some of the top reasons why managers don’t praise their employees.

Let’s dive in!

Too Busy to Notice

One of the main reasons why managers may not be praising employees is simply because they are too busy.

With deadlines to meet, meetings to attend, and emails to send, it’s easy for managers to get caught up in their own work and overlook the hard work of their team. This can be especially frustrating for employees who have put in extra effort to complete a project or task.

As a result, you may feel undervalued or unappreciated for your contributions.

According to a survey, 82% of employees feel that they don’t receive enough recognition for their work. If you feel like your manager is too busy to notice your hard work, it’s important to speak up and let them know how you’re feeling.

Scheduling a one-on-one meeting or sending an email can be a great way to communicate your concerns and bring attention to your accomplishments.

Fear of Creating Conflict

Another reason why managers may not praise employees is due to a fear of creating conflict. Some managers may believe that praising one employee over another can create jealousy and tension within the team. As a result, they may avoid giving recognition altogether.

However, it’s important to understand that recognizing and praising employees is crucial for maintaining a positive and productive work environment. If a manager fails to recognize the hard work of their employees, it can lead to low morale and decreased motivation.

If you have a manager who is hesitant to give recognition, let them know that you value feedback and recognition.

Additionally, managers need to create a culture of recognition where everyone’s contributions are acknowledged and appreciated. Employees who receive regular recognition and praise are more engaged, productive, and committed to their work.

Lack of Understanding

Sometimes managers may not realize the importance of employee recognition or how to effectively provide it.

In other cases, they may not fully understand the expectations of their role in terms of providing feedback and recognition.

If you feel like your manager lacks an understanding of how to provide recognition, it’s important to offer feedback. Providing examples of what type of recognition is meaningful to you can be helpful.

For example, you might prefer public recognition in a team meeting, or a personal thank you note from your manager.


Some managers may hold back praise and recognition because they have high expectations and believe that their employees are simply meeting the standards they set.

While it’s important for employees to meet the expectations of their role, it’s also important for managers to recognize and acknowledge when their team goes above and beyond.

If you think that your manager is a perfectionist and only recognizes exceptional work, let them know that you value recognition for all of your contributions, not just the exceptional ones.

However, make sure that sometimes, managers need to strike a balance and not praise too much.

Poor Communication

One more reason why managers may not praise their employees is due to poor communication. Managers may not effectively communicate their expectations or provide feedback on a regular basis.

This can lead to confusion and frustration for employees who may not know whether they are meeting expectations or need to improve.

If your manager doesn’t provide clear expectations or feedback, it’s important to let him know.

Managers should establish regular check-ins and performance reviews to provide feedback and recognize their team’s hard work.

Lack of Confidence

Some managers may lack the confidence to give praise and recognition, especially if they are new to the role or managing a team for the first time.

They may feel unsure about how to provide effective feedback or may worry about coming across as insincere.

If you have a manager who lacks confidence in giving feedback, it’s important to be patient and understanding.

You can help by providing examples of what you have done well and asking for feedback on specific areas where you would like to improve.

Assumption of Intrinsic Motivation

Managers may assume that employees are intrinsically motivated and do not need praise or recognition to perform well.

While it’s true that some employees are naturally motivated and driven, it’s still important for managers to provide feedback and recognition for their hard work.

If you feel like your manager assumes you don’t need recognition, it’s important to let them know how it makes you feel.

Expressing how recognition can improve your motivation and overall performance can be helpful.

Wrapping Up

There are many reasons why managers may not praise their employees.

Whether it’s due to a lack of understanding, poor communication, or fear of creating conflict, managers need to recognize and acknowledge their team’s hard work.

Providing feedback and recognition can improve employee morale, job satisfaction, and overall performance.

If you get the impression that your manager doesn’t provide enough recognition or feedback, it’s important to let them know how you’re feeling.

Communication is key to creating a positive work environment.

By working together, managers and employees can create a culture of recognition that leads to a more engaged and productive team.

About the Author
Hi there, I'm James, founder of Melbado. I have over 20 years of experience as a leader and entrepreneur. Recently, I turned to leadership coaching and writing to pass on my knowledge to the next generation. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me via our contact page.


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