15th June 2018
As an employer, you want to know that your staff are content and feel appreciated in their jobs. Ensuring that your employees feel valued helps you to develop a workplace culture that makes your business not only a great place to work and somewhere staff want to stay, but also a prosperity.
Why is it Important to Show your Staff they are Appreciated?
Your staff are your biggest and most valuable asset. When you boil down to the one thing that sets your business apart from your competitors, the result will not point to your pricing, branding or the quality or appeal of your website; it will be to your employees.
Whether it is the level of customer service, quality of work being delivered or the timeliness and accuracy of deadlines being met, the work of your staff will determine whether or not your business is a success – so making sure that they feel valued is a must.
Ways to make Staff feel Valued
While no one in their right mind is going to turn down a pay rise, there are many (less costly ways) that you can let your staff know you value them while also nurturing the growth and productively of your workforce and company as a whole. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which you can achieve that goal.
How boring would it be if you were faced with the same old routine day in, day out? While some people are happy to simply coast along doing the bare minimum to remain unnoticed in their jobs, most would tell you that having little to no change up in their workload actually has the same effect as sitting through the same old boring movie over and over again.
You become despondent, checking your phone for social media updates, emails or news bulletins – only really paying a small level of attention to the activity at hand because let’s face it, you’ve seen it all before. Productivity eventually depletes and work begins to suffer. Something that no employer wants.
Now you know what you want to avoid, the question is – how to tackle it. The answer is simple. Challenge your staff. Identify and utilise their individual talents and distribute unique tasks evenly between them. This will show your team that you have been paying attention to their work and have recognised the areas they excel in.
Playing to your team’s strengths is possibly one of the greatest assets that an employer can have.
PDA (Public Displays of Appreciation)
This one is simple. Show your staff that you appreciate this in public. Thank them for a job well done at their desk or give them a shout out during a team meeting, then sit back and watch the positive outcome it will have on their mood and productivity.
This one might seem obvious, but it’s something that a lot of employers tend to forget. However, this is possibly the simplest (and cheapest) way of letting your staff know you appreciate them with the added bonus of earning their respect.
The possibilities are endless with this one. Take half an hour out of your day to walk around the office and chat with your staff about non-work-related things – let them know that you want to know them. Or, alternatively, go all out and do something for the whole team. You could organise a pizza lunch where you order in and take a break together – you could even host a work lunch outing to the local pub.
Unexpected small treats or gestures go a long way in the art of investing in your employees’ happiness and it gives a lot more meaning to their jobs.
Recognise your Staff as Individuals
No one wants to feel like just another link in the chain, working hard but forever going unnoticed by the hierarchy. This can especially be a danger if your company is ever-expanding.
While doing something for the entire team is a great way to boost morale, employees also want to be made to feel appreciated on an individual level for their efforts and accomplishments.
You don’t need to make big grand gestures to make your staff happy. If an employee has done some exceptional work or put in an increased amount of effort to make a difference, let them take an extended lunch break or an early finish on a Friday afternoon to show your gratitude. Alternatively, put a productive spin on your reward scheme by awarding staff new responsibilities. For example, if your Sales Representative exceeds their targets, invite them to attend a sales networking event with you; or, cherry pick someone to attend a conference on your behalf.
Being recognised as an individual lets staff know their worth and that they are a credit to you and the company – just make sure that you aren’t seen to be playing favourites. It has to be fair.
On a professional level, nothing says you’re invested in an employee’s career growth more than actively providing them with opportunities to advance in their career and personal development. It can be as simple as an eLearning course or letting them sit in on meetings or tasks that will allow them to adopt new skills. If you want to take it one step further, you could even help them fund a more substantial qualification that will push them towards that big promotion or pay rise.
Take the time to really listen to your staff. What’s their opinion on the company and its procedures? Do they have any ideas that they feel could improve certain aspects of the business? Is there anything that they feel works well?
The future of your company relies on your workforce. If they are made to feel as though they have a voice which is taken seriously, they are more likely to remain engaged and productive in their roles, take an initiative and, most importantly of all, stay.
There are many ways in which you can offer staff the opportunity to have their say in work-related matters. Whether it be offering contests, rewards or bonus structures, to simply sitting down and having a one-on-one chat with your employees, you have to opportunity to not only nurture the emotional wellbeing of your team but also take on feedback and fresh ideas for your company.
Remember the Unsung Heroes
Not every employee will feel comfortable enough to boast about their achievements, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve recognition for their hard work, too – just make sure not to push them too far away from their comfort zone or it might not achieve the desired effect.
It’s a Win-Win
Safe to say, there are very few (if any!) negatives to showing your employees that you value them and their efforts. We have looked at just a handful of approaches to accomplishing this; however, adopting any number these will ensure that you foster the company culture and staff retention you desire while looking after your bottom-line.
People who feel appreciated by their employer are more likely to be engaged and motivated to perform to their best standard. It really is a win-win.
If you would like to read more about how you can manage performance and reward staff, check out our guide, Rewarding Staff.
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