People like to be recognized for their efforts; it makes them feel valued and appreciated.
When you ask your employees what their favorite part of their job is, what kind of answers do you receive? It should go without saying that your employees like the job they are responsible for, but what keeps them coming back to work at your business? Is it the team that they work with or the culture you have created? Most importantly, do they feel that their contribution is valued and appreciated?
A main cause for employee departure is the feeling of lack of appreciation; something that can be as simple as saying “good job”. One of the first lessons we learn as a child is to say “please” and “thank you”. As we become caught up in our own personal responsibilities, we begin to let simple acts like this slide, and assume they go without saying. However, even an employee who believes they are valued, but is not shown tangible appreciation can begin to have doubts.
We talk a lot about the importance of creating a culture within your business; make appreciation a part of your culture. Recognize goals that are met or exceeded and celebrate milestones, like anniversaries. Showing up on time, completing assigned tasks, and continuing to improve skills are standard employee performance expectations. Taking a moment to recognize when your employees go above and beyond expectations or consistently meet expectations can have a huge impact on your team’s morale. Showing your team that you recognize their efforts will help keep them engaged and motivated, which is beneficial to the overall health of your business.
Appreciation can be as simple as saying “great job” or “thank you” or it could be as big as throwing a party. However, appreciation is more than team nights out and bonuses. Appreciation also means listening and responding to suggestions and concerns. Also, be authentic in your delivery. An email or text is nice, but being recognized in person is nicer.
Take a look at how some of our clients recognize their teams, and remember sometimes, appreciation is as simple as saying “thank you”.
- Random Acts of Appreciation
- Team Nights Out
- Day Trips
- Birthday Celebrations
- Morning Huddles
- Social Events
- Extra Time Off
- Yearly Party
- Flexible Schedules