It takes a dedicated team to get a business off the ground and also keep it running proficiently. Most successful businesses are able to do this by having knowledgeable and talented employees. But, finding these employees and keeping them on your team takes more than just luck.
One of the best ways to retain your talented employees is by making sure they know just how valued they are. Thanking your employees here and there or on special occasions simply isn’t enough. A great way to remind your employees that their hard work matters and is not going unnoticed is by creating a culture of appreciation at your workplace.
Here are 4 ways to establish a culture of appreciation at your company:
Involve Your Employees in the Big Decisions and Strategic Planning of the Organization
Reach out to your employees for their ideas and thoughts on the direction of where the company is headed. Discuss the future of the company with them and be sure to include their department or position and how it fits in. Hear their feedback and show appreciation for their input. By doing this, you’re showing your employees that they’re not only important to the success of the organization but also to you.
Invest in Your Employees
Offer your employees opportunities for advancement. If you’re unable to offer a promotion, help employees level up their skills and learn new ones. Provide coaching and training sessions or cover the cost of outside education or services. By showing you care about their professional development, employees will feel appreciated and recognize you care about their growth.
Regularly Recognize Employee Achievements
Don’t wait for performance reviews or end-of-year events to give your employees the recognition they deserve – recognize their achievements in the moment or recently after. And don’t be afraid to spread the news of this employee’s achievement either – use whatever electronic communication system you have in place to speak well of your employees and their achievements company-wide. Even think about creating an employee recognition program in which employees can praise one another for jobs well done. This can allow fellow employees to identify behaviors that lead to success.
Say “Thank You” Every Day
Managers’ behavior sets the tone for the workplace. Regularly thanking your employees fosters a more welcoming and respectful environment and helps employees know that they are appreciated.
By showing your employees appreciation for their hard work you are helping to build trust, boost productivity, decrease turnover, and improve your brand’s reputation – making gratitude a key value of your company’s culture!
Adapted content from Mammoth HR