Employees that feel valued are more productive. People who feel appreciated are more likely to go above and above for the company. They’re more likely to consider themselves responsible for their contributions to a project. Above all, they’re happy in their jobs, which means they’re less inclined to quit.
Leaders who ignore opportunities to engage with their team and show appreciation to their staff are robbing themselves of a valuable tool for establishing a loyal, long-term workforce.
Employee Appreciation Day is the first Friday in March each year, but don’t wait until then to show your appreciation for your most valuable asset. Make employee gratitude a daily habit rather than an annual occasion. Here are nine excellent methods to express your gratitude to your employees:
Take Small Steps That Add Up To A Significant Difference
Appreciation does not necessitate grand gestures. Send a handwritten note of thanks, an email, or a phone call of support. Even the smallest gestures can leave a lasting impression. Even providing details for services such as workers’ comp can go a long way to showing you care.
Open Up New Possibilities
Giving your staff as many possibilities as possible is one of the finest methods to win their hearts and minds. Allow them to take on major tasks, such as a high-profile project or a new leadership post, or pay for a workshop or conference.
Make It Unique And Personal
Make your statements of gratitude and recognition as detailed as possible. Don’t just say “nice work,” but elaborate on what impressed you. “Thank you for having the bravery to speak up in the meeting,” for example. When everyone else was afraid to talk about the subject, it made a tremendous difference in breaking the ice.”
Demonstrate That You Have Faith In Them
It sends a powerful message to your staff when you can demonstrate your trust in them. In other words, you’re telling them that their work is good enough that they don’t need you to keep an eye on them.
Make Modifications On The Inside
Ensure that your team gets the tools they require to execute their jobs, including up-to-date technology, adequate lighting and HVAC, and comfortable, ergonomic furniture. Consider adding features like a break room or a lounge based on suggestions.
Make Time To Communicate With Them
Leaders have a lot of responsibility, and it’s easy to become engrossed in your work and neglect your team. Making the time to connect with your staff is one of the best ways to show them you care. Find out how they’re doing at work and in their personal lives.
Make Mentoring A Part Of The Organization’s Culture
There are newer employees in almost every firm who would benefit from being matched with an experienced colleague. There’s no better way to transfer important information and give beginners a support system right from the start than to develop a formal mentorship programme or a more casual buddy system.
Assign Ownership To Them
Giving employees the keys to a project that is relevant to their knowledge and interests is a certain method to push them to do their best. Allow the project to be based on the employee’s ideas if at all possible. Other employees will be encouraged by seeing their colleague’s inventiveness rewarded, not simply because the employee will be empowered to grow and achieve.
Be Open And Honest
Honesty should be expected, although it is more difficult at times than others. Many people assume you shouldn’t discuss bad news, yet such conversations–as tough as they may be–show you care enough to share even the most difficult truths. Honest and straightforward feedback will earn you respect and help you achieve your goals.
The bottom line is that if your employees understand how much you value them, there is nothing they won’t do to help you and your team.