Remember how it felt to have your work appreciated in school? This is the same thing. When it comes to expressing appreciation for your employees, there are many sincere ways to show them how much you care. Simple, genuine acts of gratitude which come from the heart cost nothing, but mean everything. Here are 8 clever techniques to make sure your employees know how much they matter to you.
1- Break the Norm
Offer lunch and let them do the talking. Take the time to get to know them better, ask for details outside of work, future prospects. Ask for feedback and what you can do to make their work easier, and whether or not they’re satisfied.
2- Special Shout-Out
Arrange for someone a few levels up to come by and say thanks, send a voicemail, email, or written note. There’s nothing else like it.
3- Get Personal
Be specific. Take their name, mention the task you’re thankful for, and tell them what it meant for you and why it was important. You can’t go wrong with a pat on the back or shoulder either. Your employees will hold onto that compliment.
4- Treat Them
Let them know you pay attention. Surprise them with a warm welcome by picking up their favorite snack or breakfast such as coffee or donuts, or bring home-baked cookies or cupcakes, or food for them to take home. Surprise snacks are a good way to show you care.
5- Break Routine
Loosen up the reigns a little and allow a work-from-home day, or give them an extra hour for lunch. You could also let them get off early.
6- Make Traditions
Set celebratory traditions at various milestones, rewards for completing a certain amount of time. It could be a traveling trophy, their name on a ‘lifetime achievement award’, team jersey, a circulating congratulatory card with everyone’s signature, or an expensive gift (a home appliance, gift card, or vacation time) set for every 5 years or so of employment.
7- Acts of Service
Offer additional acts of service, such as arranging to have their car washed or giving them a VIP parking spot for some time. Offer your driver for a day if they’re working overtime.
8- Frequent Praise
‘Thank you’ is powerful. Be generous with your gratitude and frequently say it. Communicate your care and value. Occasionally leave a ‘thank you’ post-it on their desk.
Our employees are what make our company. Don’t wait for an occasion to make them feel appreciated. Thank them often, and do it sincerely. Heartfelt appreciation goes much longer than one done for the sake of formality. Let them know that you appreciate their hard work, and want them to stay.