It's important to show appreciation for the people in our lives. It's often something that we think about but don't really communicate. The same is true with our employees at work. They do a lot of hard work every day and are usually pretty stressed out, so how can we make them know they're appreciated?
There are many ways you can show your employees appreciation, and here are five of them:
1) Acknowledge their efforts openly and publicly
"You did a great job on this project."
This is one of the most important ways to show appreciation because it provides a sense of worth to the employee by providing recognition and can continue to motivate them.
2) Encourage participation in company functions outside the office (e.g., team building events)
These events can help employees bond with each other, and they also give them a chance to see how much their work is valued by the company. I still look back and think about the great team events that have left a long-lasting impression. That is priceless.
3) Give personal touches like handwritten notes or small gifts on special occasions.
People keep these for years. I have a handwritten note that was sent to me anonymously saying all my best qualities that contributed to business success. That's in a frame and it meant a lot no matter who wrote it.
4) Show interest in what they do by asking questions
This takes the conversation from a one-way street to more of an interactive dialogue.
In order to let someone know they are appreciated, we need to do something they can see or hear. That's why asking questions about what they do and what drives them will go a long way in showing your appreciation.
5) Give them your time
Lunch together talking about the latest news or sports. If you want to let someone know that they are appreciated, it's important for them to see your face too!
The best way to show an employee that they are appreciated is by taking time with them because it will demonstrate your care for their well-being as a person, not just an employee. It may take some courage at first if this person doesn't share much outside of work unless prompted but over time by sharing and listening together, each other's vulnerability increases which leads to strengthening trust and respect.
These are just a few things to inspire you to show your appreciation as you start to do it you may become more creative over time.
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