Employees can feel that their hard work is going unnoticed. Acknowledging their efforts through appreciation and recognition can go a long way in boosting morale and keeping your employees motivated.
In these trying times, it’s more important than ever to show your employees how much you appreciate them. A little kindness can go a long way in ensuring your team knows that you value their hard work and dedication. Here are seven ways you can show your employees some love.
Publicly praise their accomplishments
Be sure to point out when your employees do something well, whether in a company-wide email or during a team meeting. You show that you value your contributions by singling out employees for their hard work and dedication. This, in turn, can motivate them to continue exceeding expectations. Furthermore, publicly praising employees helps to create a positive work environment. Other employees will see that hard work is valued and appreciated, and they will be more likely to follow suit.
Give them opportunities to grow and learn
Most people want to feel like they’re doing more than just collecting a paycheck; they want to feel like they’re growing and developing as individuals. When employees feel like they’re stagnating in their position, it can lead to frustration and dissatisfaction. However, they’ll feel more engaged and motivated when they’re given a chance to learn new skills and take on additional responsibilities. Additionally, providing opportunities for growth shows that you’re invested in your employees’ long-term success. This can go a long way in building loyalty and commitment.
Don’t forget about special occasions
Birthdays, work anniversaries, and other milestones allow you to express your gratitude for their contributions and show that you value them as individuals. If you have an employee whose birthday is coming up, show them you care by sending them a birthday cookie basket. It’s a small gesture to let them know you’re thinking about them on their special day. Plus, it’s a great way to show your appreciation for all they do for your company. Special occasions are also a chance to build team morale and unity, so don’t forget to show appreciation for your employees on their big days.
Let them know their opinion matters
Always take the time to listen to what your employees have to say, even if you disagree with them. This can be as straightforward as asking for their input on a project or task and taking their suggestions into consideration. Of course, you don’t have to act on every suggestion, but justifying your decisions to employees shows that you value their input. Furthermore, involving employees in the decision-making process can help to build buy-in and commitment to the final product or goal. Employees who feel they have a say in how things are done are more likely to be engaged and invested in their work.
Make sure they have the resources they need
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s impressive how many bosses expect their employees to do their best work with sub-par resources. If your team doesn’t have the tools they need to succeed, they will quickly become frustrated and resentful. This means you must provide them with the essential tools and materials and any training or development resources they need to succeed. It also means ensuring that their workspace is comfortable and conducive to productivity and that they have access to adequate support from you and other members of management.
Be flexible with their schedules
We all have personal lives outside of work; sometimes those lives conflict with our professional responsibilities. Whenever possible, try to be understanding and accommodating when an employee needs to take care of personal business during working hours. Trust me, they’ll appreciate it—and they’ll be more likely to return the favor when you need them to stay late or come in on the weekend.
Give them the freedom to be themselves
One of the most important things you can do for your employees is to create an environment where they feel comfortable being themselves. When people feel like they can’t be themselves at work, it leads to disengagement and unhappiness. But when they feel they can be themselves, they’re more likely to be engaged and satisfied with their job. You can do a few things to create this kind of environment: First, ensure your workplace values diversity and inclusion. Second, have an open-door policy, so employees feel comfortable coming to you with any concerns. And third, give employees the autonomy to make decisions and take ownership of their work.
You can show your employees that you appreciate them in many different ways—from simple gestures, like publicly praising their accomplishments, to more involved efforts, like ensuring they have the resources they need. The key is ensuring your employees feel supported and valued so they can continue doing their best work. A little appreciation goes a long way!