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Without the dedication and hard work of employees, businesses large and small would not be successful. Recognizing that it takes a team of professionals to help their companies function optimally, business owners can show appreciation to the staff in various ways. This is beneficial to the employees themselves, but also to the company as a whole. Employees who feel valued may be less likely to leave their jobs and be more fully engaged and productive. This results in reduced downtime and removes the need for employers to interview and train.
Employers who want to offer more than verbal appreciation to employees can explore these ideas.
•Maintain a positive tone. There are always problems to be solved in business. Rather than focusing on what went wrong or what could be fixed, lead conversations with recent wins or steps in the right direction. An overall positive tone can make a difference in employee satisfaction.
•Express interest in employees. Make time to sit personally with each employee over coffee or lunch. Ask genuine questions about their personal lives and show interest. That helps employees feel heard and indicates that managers have a vested interest in their well-being.
•Offer non-monetary perks. Many employers show their appreciation through raises or monetary gifts, but the funds may not be there in tight economic times. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other perks to explore. For example, reward work done well or special company milestones with a reserved parking spot close to the door, an extra paid day off of work of the employee’s choosing, or early dismissal.
•Host TGIF gatherings. Make Fridays a chance to have a little fun and gather together. Use this informal time to address employee accomplishments, and encourage employees to say something of value to their coworkers.
•Highlight workers on social media. Social media is a significant part of modern business operations. Companies can create a Wall of Fame page that puts a weekly spotlight on a different employee who is contributing in his or her own way to the operations. Not only does this improve the morale of the team, it provides the public with a glimpse into the positive working environment of the company.
•Cater meals when possible. Employers recognize the key seasons of the year that are crunch times for their particular businesses. Employees may have to work harder or put in longer hours during this time. Set aside one day a week to have lunch or dinner catered for the team.
•Host company events. Spending time away from the office or the job site can provide the break employees need. Company retreats or special family days help give back to the team in an enjoyable way.
Employee appreciation is something business owners and managers can focus on to keep employees in good spirits and maintain high morale.