It’s no secret that we all like to be appreciated. So, why do we often forget to appreciate our employees?
According to Harvard Business Review, “Managers incorrectly assumed employees knew how they felt about them.” The study went on to find that only a few of the employees were being recognized. “If managers could make a far broader group of employees feel appreciated, the benefits would be considerable,” the study concluded.
The best way to keep good employees is to regularly show your appreciation to all employees. Here are ten ways to show your staff how much you like having them around.
Show Your Employee’s Appreciation With These 10 Ideas
1. Make birthdays special.
Order food or a cake for them on their birthdays. Some companies also give people a day off to use at their leisure since paid time off is what many people value.
2. Ask for employee feedback.
Ask employees to fill out a poll as to what they like and don’t like in terms of you showing your appreciation.
It can be as simple as candy, flowers, certificates, trophies, days off, gift certificates, etc. Let them tell you what makes them feel special.
3. Make appreciation fun.
Create a fun “trophy” to pass around the office when someone does something noteworthy.
It can sit on the person’s desk who needs to be appreciated for something they did. It will become something fun that they can look forward to, and it should also put a smile on their faces.
4. Verbal praise is still popular.
Thanking an employee verbally in front of others at meetings or in the office, where others can hear, is still popular with just about everyone.
5. Bring on the gifts.
Gift certificates for a massage, a restaurant, a bookstore, or other fun places can help employees feel appreciated and can do wonders to encourage them to keep doing more for the company.
6. Use food.
When you feel extra proud of your staff, bring in donuts, sandwiches, bagels, or cupcakes to lift their spirits and let them know you are thankful for them and their hard work.
7. Consider a wall-of-fame.
Hang a picture of the employee of the month in the breakroom or someplace where it will get attention. This has been a favorite for a long time at many companies because it works well.
8. Take your appreciation online.
Your website is a perfect place to show employees how proud you are of them.
Try to include as many employees on your website as possible and let them write their own short bio. Of course, some businesses can’t always do this, but try to list your employees on the website if possible. This makes them feel appreciated and wanted, and it makes them feel a part of a larger goal.
9. Offer additional education.
Another great way to show your appreciation to employees is to send them to a conference or workshop.
It lets them know you value their opinion and input, showing that you believe in them and want to invest in their future success.
10. Go one-on-one.
Take them out to lunch.
This is an excellent way to show you appreciate them, and it allows you to talk openly with them about their views and projections for the future.
No matter which ways you show your appreciation, we want you to know that we appreciate doing business with you. We are always excited to see your new projects and perform our best for you. See what we can do for you today!