When employees feel appreciated and valued their contribution levels rise in a genuine way. When they want to see the business succeed, they will put their efforts into ensuring their role is done exceptionally. Taking the time to make notice of employees is a simple yet profound way to keep morale up and improve the rate of company success.
Understanding your employee’s love language is the first step. When their love language is understood, appreciation is done in a more thoughtful and impactful way. The five love languages are: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. We highly recommend reading The 5 Love Languages in the Workplace by Dr Gary Chapman.
- Paid Days Off: Though a few days of extra “vacation” would cost a company money, the returns could be invaluable. It is time that an employee can use to spend with their loved ones, catch up on errands or other needs, or simply take time to recover. They know the value of those days and will give back in other ways.
- Handwritten Letter: Taking the time to write a personal letter of appreciation lets an employee know that they are a person who is seen and heard, they aren’t just a number. Knowing them personally and taking the time to create something that is unique to them is warming and genuine.
- Coffee Date: Quality time with employees can have a huge impact on how they view their manager or boss. It allows time to get to know each other on a personal level, as well as gives them time to express how they feel about their role, and share where they want to be – their dreams. It is an opportunity to gain insight on how that employee can grow within the company while also simply displaying that management cares.
- Bonus with a Hand Written Card: Similar to paid days off, the bonus has a cost, but depending on the employee, it can have a big impact. It is a way to share the profits of the business and showcases the value the employee brings to the company. Employees shouldn’t be just a check box for a manager to take care of; taking the time to personalize a method of appreciation will steer the employees view of a company and their role within it. It is known that when employees experience gratitude, they are more productive. Share how valuable they are and watch them grow.
- Businesses of all sizes require the best out of their employees to ensure that every step of the way customers, stakeholders, and partners are having an optimal experience. This ensures positive growth. Take care of your employees and they will take care of your business. Sometimes the simplest actions of gratitude and appreciation make the largest impact.
Start the New Year off right by acknowledging your employees this Christmas.
Written by Dawn Taylor.
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