When it comes to appreciating employees, the sky is the limit- they are never going to feel over-appreciated. It is not necessary to show your appreciation by offering bonuses or monetary incentives, gratitude is far greater than that. No doubt that money can be a huge motivation, but you need other ways to engage with them rather than paying them off which will result in more loyal and hard-working employees. There are many ways to show your employees that you actually care about them and appreciate all their hard-work without breaking your budget and to ensure constant productivity. It’s all part of motivation and retention, of course. Employees who are appreciated on a regular basis tend to be happier as they feel valued and it then reflects in their work too. Start small with these easy ways to demonstrate your appreciation towards your employees and watch the wonders it can do:
Maybe it was something really small, but a simple ‘thank you’ goes a long way. Learn to vocalize your appreciation towards your employees, make them feel valued by saying how important the task was which they have just accomplished. Also, remember to say ‘please’ when you want something to get done, you will be surprised to see how it works like a charm every time.
Join them for lunch
Let lunch time be fun time where you interact with your employees as a friend rather than a boss. Get to know each one personally and share stories with them. Spending time with your employees will let them know that you truly care about them.
Bring in treats
Everybody loves surprises and when it involves food on a busy dull day, it can bring a smile to anyone’s face. Bring in a box of donuts or a pizza when they least expect it so that it will brighten up their day by your little gesture.
Write a recognition
Sometimes it’s just not enough to say ‘well done’, you got to be more expressive. Write a written recognition and put it on the office bulletin board or place it in the cubicle of the employee and you will see how the smile of your employee never fades during the day.
Have one-on-one coffee sessions
There is literally nothing that a coffee can’t fix, unless you are not a coffee person. Invite your employees for coffee and chat with them about their work and their goals, you will surprised to learn so much about their capabilities.
Set flexible work hours
Let your employees work when they feel they can work their best, by giving them this option, you will be surprised to witness a major boost in productivity as they will be able to prioritize better according to their schedules.
Present different opportunities
It can be pretty boring to work on the same role for a long period of time. Present unique opportunities for your employees on a time to time basis to challenge them with something new. You can even switch roles to see what all your employees are capable of.