We all know that appreciation is essential in the workplace, especially when it comes to employees. However, some managers find it hard to show their employees how much they appreciate them daily.
When employees feel appreciated by their managers, they are more productive and stay with the company longer. So a simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way in making your employees feel appreciated.
There are many benefits of showing your employee appreciation, and this article outlines five simple ways you can make your employees feel appreciated at work.
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5 Simple Ways to Make Your Employees Feel Valued
Make sure they know their contributions are valued
Give balanced feedback
Show appreciation with a small gift or card on special occasions
Give them time off when they need it, whether that be for vacation or personal reasons.
1. Make sure they know their contributions are valued
No matter what kind of work your employees are doing, make sure they feel valued for their work. They should know that their contributions matter and are valued. It does not mean you need to praise them constantly; instead, they must know how much their work is appreciated.
Also, check in with them regularly about what else you can do to help them accomplish their tasks and goals for the company. When employees feel their contributions are valued, they will perform better and be more productive.
2. Give balanced feedback
If an employee has a little difficulty meeting their deadlines or goal, make sure you offer them some encouraging and positive words to help motivate them. However, if there’s a bit of a pattern with this, it’s essential that you also provide some constructive criticism about how they can improve upon these issues in future weeks/months.
It will help your employees understand where they are going wrong and help them figure out their own mistakes instead of you constantly pointing them out all the time. In addition, balanced feedback helps your employees feel valued because they know that their mistakes are not being ignored or hidden from them.
3. Show appreciation on special occasions
Showing employees appreciation means more than just saying ‘thank you’ when they have completed a task for the company! For example, you could give your employees small gifts or cards on their birthdays to show you appreciate all the hard work they do.
If your company has milestones, like reaching 100 sales, for example, you could take them out for lunch to celebrate this achievement. Or maybe after finishing a big project at work, you could buy your employees some of their favorite snacks/drinks that they usually wouldn’t get at home. These little gestures can go a long way!
4. Offer flexibility
When employees feel that they have some flexibility regarding their working hours or days, they are happier and tend to be more productive. So, for example, even if your employees have set working hours from 10 am-6 pm Monday-Friday, you could allow them to arrive a little later in the morning on a Wednesday so that they can go for a doctor’s appointment or pick up their child from school.
You could also allow them to leave early, one day a week, to attend a Zumba class after work! It will not only help reduce stress levels but also improve their work/life balance.
5. Give them time off when needed
Allowing employees time off when necessary means you value their health and happiness above all else. Let them take a day off if they need to go to the doctor’s or opt for a half-day on a Friday rather than sending them home early.
Looking after your employees’ health and happiness means they will be more productive at work which benefits the company. Showing employees appreciation doesn’t always mean spending lots of money either – sometimes little gestures mean a lot!
I hope you find these tips helpful when it comes to showing appreciation for your employees! Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions to share with us in the comments below!
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