We all have been there – either hearing about or experiencing a workplace that underappreciates and undervalues its employees. It can be a real drag. As a boss, you do not want to be the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons. What can you do? In this blog post, we will discuss ways to show your employees you truly value them.
As an employer, you want to create a culture that motivates your team to come to work instead of just counting down the days to the upcoming weekend. If your employees are appreciated and comfortable at work, they will give in their best and even better: help your business excel.
Recognize Your Employees Individually
As discussed in this fantastic article by The Muse, it is important to appreciate each employee individually. Of course, you can have all the lunch parties and team building sessions to motivate everyone but nothing compares to direct recognition. Generalizing the reward and appreciation might just make the hard-workers or those who go the extra mile feel like their added efforts mean nothing. It puts them on the same level as the slackers and underperformers. To show that you truly value an employee, you should take out time to celebrate them individually and reward them according to their accomplishments. Not only will this make them feel motivated to keep giving their best to the company, but also motivate the other team members to step up their game to achieve better rewards. However, if the same person is being rewarded time after time, it can breed jealousy in the workplace. Make sure to reward the whole team when they’ve all earned it, and look for different ways to celebrate individual achievements.
Give Time to Your Employees
A quick “thank you”, pay raise, bonus or better designation can definitely make your employee’s day, but sometimes what matters the most is you being there to spend time with your employees.
Spending time with each other in less conventional ways like taking your employees out for lunch or a light conversation over coffee helps them feel valued and appreciated. These informal, casual settings will also help you break the ice and get into the real underlying issues that might be affecting your team member or the company as a whole. Giving feedback and counseling while assuring them that their opinions will be keep private and confidential will make them feel valued and respected.
Appreciation in Public
While you can counsel your employees in private, you should take out time to appreciate the high performers in public. It is important to show love and appreciation to deserving employees in front of the entire team. What might seem like a simple gesture to you will mean the world to your employee who looks up to you for leadership and guidance. Head over to their desk and do it in front of everyone so that they feel great about themselves. Give them an award or recognition with their name engraved on it to put a smile on their face. Keep in mind that your company is performing well because of these dedicated employees. Make them feel wanted and important to help them bring out their very best.
As perfectly stated in this insightful article on 10 Creative Ways to Show Employee Appreciation by Business News Daily, transparency can go a long way in building strong teams and stronger employees. It is important for company leadership to let the employees know what is really going on and where the company is standing. Keeping your people informed and involved will make them feel appreciated and valued and grant them the feeling of ownership that we all crave. Knowing that their hard work and dedication can help the company be more successful will be the kind of motivation that might just make your company reach new heights of success.
You might think that appreciating your employees is difficult or might make you look “soft.” However, experience from world leaders in the field suggests that these small gestures can help you build strong rapport, make your employees feel valued, and ultimately motivate them to do even better at work. Happy workers make a successful business.