The workforce is not what it used to be. Employees are benefiting from a lot more perks, employee appreciation, and job skill training.
Companies now know that they need to value their employees in order to boost morale, increase productivity, and motivate. A dedicated employee that feels appreciated for their hard work is more likely to stay with a company for a longer period of time and feel more compelled to produce results, sometimes without being prompted.
So whether you’re an employer looking to boost morale in the office or an employee that feels underappreciated, here are some of the best ways for a business to show employee appreciation.
1. Be Specific
It’s easy for anyone to give a quick pat on the back and say, “good job”, but when you give specific compliments to your employees, it shows that you really care and you’re really paying attention.
Did Susan in sales just land a really big client? Or did you get a follow-up email praising Brian’s customer service skills? Make note of these specific accomplishments and then thank your employees for them. Take it one step further and show your gratitude in person, vs. through an email or other office memos. Shake your employee’s hand and express your gratitude for their hard work and dedication to the company.
2. Value Your Employee’s Health
Ergonomics is a huge part of today’s workforce. Sitting at a desk for too long or standing on your feet can lead to a whole host of medical complications. Corporate health has become a huge part of running a successful business.
Without healthy employees, you won’t have a workforce at all. Showing your staff that you value their health is just one more way of show appreciation, while also guaranteeing continued productivity. So how do you achieve this? You can purchase ergonomically friendly furniture, offer more breaks throughout the day, house a workout facility in your building, and offer the best medical benefits possible. Anything to show your staff you want them to remain healthy - and happy!
3. Get to Know Them
Showing interest in your employee’s lives means a lot to them. It shows that you truly care about their happiness and what might be happening outside of their cubicle.
Are your employees married with kids? Ask about their children once in a while or around the holidays. Did you get word that your employee has a sick family member or just lost the family pet? Take the extra time to stop by their desk and offer your condolences. These small efforts can make a world of difference in how your employees view both you as a boss and their position.
4. Plan Appreciation Events
The great thing about planning appreciation events is that they can sometimes double as team building activities!
Maybe every other month on the last Friday of the month, you cater an in-office lunch. When the weather is nice, maybe an outdoor BBQ or picnic for the staff would be appropriate. This helps get them out of the office and into the fresh air. It will boost their mood and their morale. It will also give them something to look forward to. Knowing that at the end of each month a small bonus is waiting for them, might just be the incentive they need to push harder and meet those monthly deadlines.
Team building activities offer a mental break for employees in addition to an awesome way to help your staff bond and get to know each other better. These activities can take place right inside your office, but the best ones are destination activities. The four different types of team building activities are: personality-based, activity-based, skills-based, and problem solving-based.
5. Provide Opportunities for Advancement
If you’ve ever heard the phrase “dead-end job”, you’ll know it’s a real thing and it’s a real fear for many employees. No one wants to be stuck in the same job and position year after year without any opportunity for advancement.
Inform employees of what promotions are available and what stipulations surround them. Be clear about what each position requires and how an employee can become eligible. Even if there are no positions available at the time, let your staff know that things may change and other opportunities might arise.
Another great way to help your employees better themselves is to provide training and cross-training opportunities. This way, people can gain more knowledge and skill sets. If your company travels to different conferences or presentations, open these up to other employees. You’d be surprised at how much pride people take in speaking about and representing their company - especially when you give them a reason to brag about where they work!
Keep it Positive
No one wants to work in a negative environment. Keep the lines of communication open between you and your employees, as well as among the employees themselves.
When you appear approachable to your staff, they’re more likely to come to you with any questions or concerns they might have. And this is what you want. When employees either try to cover up a mistake or solve a problem on their own, it can cause even more trouble.
Respect your employees - their time, health, opinions, and feelings - and you’ll be amazed at the amazing benefits your business receives in return.