As a manager or a business owner, you should appreciate your employees’ dedication and hard work. This appreciation isn’t always visible to everyone though, and it can impact company spirit.
Showing your appreciation to your employees is imperative and does not have to be something extravagant. A little can go a long way…….
Below are six gestures on how you can show you value their work…
1. Say “Thanks”
A simple thank you goes a long way. Verbal praise shows more acknowledgement than none at all, and this recognition won’t go unnoticed.
When it’s due, a little thank you can be all your staff needs to hear to show their input matters and that you notice their contribution and hard work. That’s a win for everybody.
2. Build a Wall of Fame
What better way to acknowledge your staff than with a physical notice in the office? Create a wall that highlights exemplary work, similar to an “employee of the month” model. It’s a great way to boost morale and self-esteem, and it lets everyone know how well his or her colleagues are performing.
3. Give Time Off
It doesn’t have to be the entire day, but retiring early on a Friday afternoon is an unexpected treat. This is a surprise freebie your team will appreciate. Letting your staff out early, even if it’s just an hour, feels much longer.
4. Small Tokens of Gratitude……
Small acts of gratitude truly leave a lasting impression. If your employee always makes an afternoon tea, leave a packet of their favourite biscuits on his or hers desk. For that co-worker who loves chocolate, drop off their favourite chocolate bar.
Include a note with the gift, thanking them for their hard work and dedication, or leave it in person with a verbal thank you. These small gestures are a nice surprise.
5. Delegate Ownership?
A bigger way to show your appreciation for your employees is to slowly increase their duties and refer them to leadership positions. Handing over bigger tasks is a subtle way that shows you trust them.
Letting staff greenlight or manage aspects of a project shows them that you value their expertise and trust their opinions. Acknowledge their suggestions in meetings and mention their name in relation to a new idea.
6. Asking for Feedback is key!
Employees, especially those who are new or junior, will appreciate that their input is taken seriously within the company. Employee 360 feedback is a company win for management because it often brings to light issues you were unaware of, and employees get the chance to give input when they may not normally have that opportunity.
By appreciating your Employees you will build a gracious, polite, and civilized work atmosphere!