If appreciating your employees on special days increases their productivity, imagine what appreciating them all year round would do?
Truthfully, there is really no hard and fast rule about appreciating your employees. In fact, doing it every other day doesn’t just increase their productivity, it reinforces positive behavior, and saves you the cost of having to hire and train new employees. What’s more, employees who are duly appreciated, have a heightened sense of responsibility towards achieving your company’s goals and objectives.
What you also need to know is that keeping your employees feeling appreciated all year round doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Rather, it is so cost-effective that the following tips will leave you wondering why you haven’t started right away:
Except you doubt your recruitment process, your employees are super talented individuals with bright ideas that cannot exactly match yours. This is not to say that there will be no similarities or some measure of regulation. However, you also need to realize that employees do not thrive well when they are micromanaged.
Rather than being told what to do, when to do it, and how to do it, employees value your ability to trust their judgement and give them guidance when they need it. With the right level of autonomy, they will not do things the way you would have done them. But, they will definitely do things way better than you imagined.
Have an award and reward system
Believe it or not, you will be surprised by the changes an ‘employee of the month’ award can create. Like most people, employees love the feeling of being rewarded for their contribution and a public display only serves to heighten it.
If you are feeling extra generous and your company’s budget can fund it, you can offer monetary rewards to high-flying employees. Other ‘reward suggestions’ include an extended vacation time, online shopping gift cards, books (that employees will deem relevant), etc.
Encourage career and skill development
Though committed to achieving your company’s goals and objectives, employees still have the desire to develop skill and career wise. Based on an established system of selection, you can sponsor employees to attend seminars, training sessions, and conferences.
Alternatively, you can organize in-house trainings that are specifically tailored to cater for the career needs and interest. Regardless what you choose to do, just ensure that your employees understand that you are very interested in their personal and professional development. This way, you will experience a significant rise in your employee retention
Your employees’ welfare is as important as any other business decision you will ever have to make. Don’t disregard the importance of making them feel appreciated at all year round. Remember, a happy employee makes a productive employee.