Your employees make up the main driving force behind your business, and, studies show that happy employees make your business more productive. With this in mind, making sure they are happy and satisfied at their workplace should be one of the highest priorities within your business. Luckily, there are some sure-fire ideas you can use in order to show your employees just how much you care about them.
Hand out gifts
Gifts have always been a great way to show someone you care about them, and to make sure they feel appreciated. They can function as a great reward for someone who has finished a demanding project, or has been working for your business for a long time. The choice of what you are going to give is an important one, as the gifts will be a lot more appreciated if they are personalized and have a deeper meaning to the recipient. However, going above and beyond to find the right gift can be somewhat counterproductive, which is why opting for something universal like a handy prepaid visaor added time-off that most people can appreciate, is a great choice as well.
Celebrating an employee’s birthday is another great way to show, both them, and everyone around the office that their hard work is appreciated. And, while there may be people who would prefer to stay low, which is why you should always ask first, most people like having their birthdays recognized and celebrated within the office. The best part is that it’s quite inexpensive, as the only things you will be required to do is order a cake, some food and some drinks.
Take them out
Whether it’s group lunches, after-work drinks or holiday parties, organizing non-work related activities such as these can be a great way to show everyone that their work is appreciated. At the same time, it can also function as a great way for your employees to get to know eachother better and further increase their team spirit. For example, taking them out for lunch can help you get to know them better, but also help them relax and move into their comfort zone.
Make them feel heard
While a large part of employee appreciation is rewarding them for their hard work by giving them gifts or taking them out, a much more substantial reward will be the one which gives them a real voice, and makes sure their opinions and suggestions are heard and understood. Giving them the ability to choose what projects to work on or voice their opinions on how an issue should be dealt with, will have a much deeper and lasting effect on them, by making them feel as if though they are an integral part of something bigger.
Employee appreciation is a key aspect to any truly successful business; however, it’s important to keep in mind that employee appreciation is something that should be relegated to a few events or birthdays each year, it instead requires an everyday contribution. It also doesn’t have to mean spending a large amount of money either. At the end of the day, it’s the little things, such as saying thank you, or listening to one of your employees when they are having trouble, and helping them out the best you can, that really makes a difference.
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