3 Ways to Show Employee Appreciation
September 13, 2017 Francine Jones 0 Comments
Employees are one of your company’s greatest assets. The people who work for you define your local reputation, ensure productivity, and assist in all areas of meeting the bottom line. We all suffer from lack of motivation from time to time. That’s why showing employees that you value their service is an important thing to do. Boost your employee’s morale by taking time for the little things. Here are three simple ways to show your employees that you appreciate them:
1. Thank them
It seems like common sense, but you’d be surprised how often management forgets to actually say thank you to the employees they work with. When employees feel their work is important and noticed, they take care to do a better job next time. Also, studies have found that over 66% of employees consider quitting when they feel unappreciated. You can thank your employees by simply telling them you appreciate their hard work, or you can do something extra but affordable, like an office pizza party or barbecue.
2. Listen to their input
Employees are on the frontline, so to speak. They deal with your customers and vendors daily, one-on-one. Often, they can spot a problem or area of weakness before people at the top realize what’s happening. So, talk to your employees. Ask them what’s going on. See if they have suggestions on how to improve certain processes. You may find significant ways to improve productivity, customer relations or profits. At the very least, you’ll show your employees that you value what they think, and you’ll have an opportunity to clear up any misconceptions before they become damaging to your company’s culture.
3. Treat them like human beings
People understand that they need to follow the rules to be in good standing at work. Thus, you don’t need to rule with an iron fist to ensure your employees do what is needed. If your employee is going through a rough time, instead of piling on the write-ups, ask what you can do to help. A little compassion goes a long way, and a loyal, hardworking employee is invaluable. Build a culture of being fair and considerate of your employees.
Remember that there is no one-size fits all approach for dealing with employees. It’s important that you maintain professionalism while appreciating that employees have lives outside of work. The little things are what matter. Sometimes, recognition matters even more than pay.