If you want your employees to be happy & productive, you need to give them “recognition” for a job well done and let them know their work is “appreciated” & important – which will contribute to their motivation.
Topics: Be “specific”, Make it Public, Care & Share, Inform, allow Decisions, Time, Encourage, Reward, Off-site Events
If you want your employees to be happy & productive + filled with Motivation, you need to give them “recognition” for a job well done and let them know their work is “appreciated” & important which will contribute to their motivation. So, how do you show your employees that they’re valuable to the company? Business News Daily asked business owners & experts for their best tips. Advice ranged from rewarding employees with small gifts & throwing fun group outings, to giving employees more responsibility & letting them in on more company decisions. Ready to give out some recognition? Here are 11 ways to make your employees feel more appreciated.
1.Be “specific” with Praise. “Leaders need to be specific in expressing their appreciation, so that it reinforces behaviors through (+) feedback for the employee. Instead of a generic ‘great job,’ be specific — for example, ‘I really like how you’ve pulled the discussion back together – You’re an great collaborator.’ Being specific also adds meaning and inspires the employee to further develop their skills in that particular area.” – Reuven Gorsht,Global VP of Customer Strategy, SAP – ERP Database SW
2. Make it Public. “Publicly recognizing achievements, both big & small, is a great way to give employees a pat on the back, while also boosting team morale & motivation.” – Andre Lavoie, CEO, ClearCompany
3. Encourage employees to Share. “When we let people know we value what they have to offer, by asking if they’d share their story, tips, methods, etc. with others, it provides validation to them that they do have something of value to offer, & it boosts their self-confidence + self-esteem in the process. This doesn’t mean we add a training function to their currently overloaded job, but it could be sharing at a team or organizational event, award ceremony or even in a newsletter.” – Sandy Geroux, CEO, WOWplace International
4. Keep employees Informed, about what’s really going on with the company. Granted, there are some things that can’t be discussed, but for the most part, keeping people informed goes a long way toward making them feel involved. It generates a ‘we’re in this together’ environment, as well as team ownership of the operation.” – Brenda Norwood, HR Mgr, CallTools.com
5. Let employees make “more” important Decisions, that matter & can impact the company. Verbal appreciation is important, and bonuses or other perks are appreciated, but ultimately, showing someone that you trust their opinion & expertise, is far more valuable.” – Drew Thomas, Chief Creative Officer, ]
6. Spend Time with your employees. “Employees feel recognized when their boss tells them thank you, gives them a bonus, etc., but they feel most valued when their boss invites them to lunch, takes time to have a coffee with them or even takes time to thoroughly review & discuss whatever it is that person has developed.” – Suz O’Donnell, director of Client Services & Executive Coach, Thrivatize
7. Give them little Surprises; they go a long way. “My favorite forms of appreciation include unexpected treats like Group Lunches or a Shortened Workday. I also like activities that add value for both the individual & the company, including team-building Challenges & fully paid Continuing-Education courses.” – Kelsey Libert, VP of Marketing, Fractl
8. Encourage employees to Grow. “The best way to show appreciation for your employees is to give them opportunities to grow & stretch themselves, showing that you believe in them to do well in such opportunities.” – Philip Blackett, CEO, Magnetic Interviewing
9. Give employees “extra” Time Off. “I think the most valuable way to recognize an employee today is thru the gift of time – time off, time to do something else besides work. It could be family, a hobby, or a charity, or a short vacation. I don’t think it needs to be routine or regular. It has the most value when it’s unexpected.” – Mark S. Valenti, CEO, The Sextant Group
10. Let employees Reward one another. “Put the power of recognition & reward in their hands. I use apps & programs like YouEarned It to give my employees the power to give each other praise for good work done. I let my team members choose their reward too, because not everyone wants a cash bonus or a gift card.” – Darius Mirshahzadeh, CEO, Endeavor America Loan Services
11.“Off-site Events are a great way to reward hard-working employees and create a culture of gratitude that is crucial to showing employees just how much they’re appreciated. Scheduling fun, engaging in Team-Building internal activities (Office Trivia, Circle of Questions, Bonding Belt, etc) & external (Community Service, Field Trip, Zombie Escape, etc), produces happier employees who feel valued that the company cares for them. External Family Activities are great to foster support: Bar-B-Ques, Picnics, Scavenger Hunt – with plenty of Kid Activities.” – Nicole Lavin, VP of Partnerships, Kapow !!! Events
Comments: Do you have any other Ideas of how to “recognize” & show “appreciation” toward employees?
from Business News Daily 02 July 15 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz