How to Help Employees Feel Appreciated.
Common wisdom dictates that “a person who feels appreciated will always do more than is expected.” All of us want to feel like our work matters, but it’s hard to feel that way if the people in our workplace don’t support us. People communicate in different ways, so it’s important to extend gratitude to your team in a variety of ways. It’s important to help them feel appreciated.
Here are some of our favorite ways to show appreciation for your team on a day-to-day basis:
- Give thanks in specifics. A general “thank you” is a good start, but what exactly are you grateful for? “Thanks for being so thorough” or “thanks for making that follow up phone call” can go a lot farther. When people know that their hard work is being seen, they tend to want to go the extra mile.
- Give rewards. Rewards are something that helps everyone feel appreciated. Aside from rewards like giving your team extra time off or bringing in breakfast, there are other free and low-cost rewards like thank you cards and certificates that team members can hang above their desks. Be creative!
- Be positive. A positive environment makes people want to come to work. Staying positive—even when times are challenging—shows your team that you believe in them and that you’re grateful for all of the work they’re putting into the organization.
- Encourage feedback. A team that communicates well does their work more efficiently and more thoroughly. When you create a workplace culture that encourages feedback, you show your teammates that their opinions are valuable. Ways to encourage feedback can range from setting aside time for feedback during team meetings and check-ins to having team members post feedback post-its on a whiteboard.
Have other ideas? We would love to hear about the things you do to show appreciation to people in your business life. Please feel free to share how you help your employees and coworkers feel appreciated.