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Ask people how they view their employers and you will get a range of answers. Some will be happy with their employer while others will not. If you are an employer or a manager, you need to figure out how to appreciate your employees or team.
When you appreciate your employees, they will tend to go the extra mile for you and your team will be more likely to experience success over time. In this post, I am going to show you 5 ways you can show appreciation to your employees.
5 Tips To Appreciate Your Employees
#1. Be Spontaneous
Don’t wait for some big thing to happen or some big accomplishment to show your appreciation. Be spontaneous. When an employee goes above and beyond their duties to resolve an issue, acknowledge it.
First, acknowledge them personally and explain why you are appreciative of them. Then be sure to do this again in front of the team. Explain to the team why what the employee did was important to the overall success of the team.
#2. Give Time
Most times when you show appreciation, you do so with a card or maybe a cake or a small celebration. Go above and beyond this. Find ways to make your team want to work harder and go above and beyond more often than not.
A great way to do this is by giving them time. While you probably won’t be able to give them an extra week of vacation, you could probably allow for them to come in a little late one day or even leave a little early.
If that isn’t possible, see about letting them take a longer lunch break. When you give your employees time as a reward, this goes a long way. At my previous job, my boss understood this. When the team achieved a big goal, we each picked a day to come in to work two hours late. It was great to sleep in late and not have to fight traffic. Plus it made the day go by that much quicker.
#3. Say Thank You
Make sure you appreciate your employees by saying thank you. Many times employees work hard and really don’t get much, or any, recognition for their hard work. So next time you see an employee get a project done that you know they struggled with, tell them thanks for working so hard.
By just acknowledging their hard work, they will know you appreciate what they did and this is make them feel more at ease on future projects as well. Think about…how much better would it be knowing your hard work is acknowledged? I know for me, I would be more likely to work hard for someone that took the time to thank me than for someone how completely ignored me.
#4. Be Sincere
When you do any of the above, make sure you are sincere. Nothing is worse than a meaningless thank you. In fact, not appreciating your employees would be better than doing so and not being sincere. People are smart and can see through fake appreciation. So if you don’t mean it, don’t do it.
#5. Give Them A Treat
Finally, another way to appreciate your employees is to take them to lunch. This can be a benefit two ways. First, it shows them how much you do care about the hard work they do. But also, it gives you an opportunity (as well as the employee) a chance to get to know each other on a personal level.
This can help in the future with ways to show thanks, like maybe they have a small child so leaving early one day so they can be at the bus stop would be really meaningful to them.
It also helps in the office as well. You can see what does and doesn’t motivate them to be their best. You can also get a sense of what their interests are so you can give them more work related to that which will make them happier.
In the end, appreciating your employees is the key to a strong, successful team. Take the time to acknowledge your employees in a meaningful way when they go above and beyond their typical job duties.
The more you make them feel appreciated, the harder they will work for you and more enjoyment the both of you will get out of your work day.
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