Instead of celebrating Employee Appreciation Day one day a year in March, more employers should learn to value their team and show appreciation for their hard work year-round.
As we established last week in our article, Uncovering the Root Cause of Workplace Stress, it’s essential to create a psychologically and physically safe space for employees to help ensure they are happy to reduce overall turnover rates.
The following tips highlight the top six ways to appreciate employees throughout the year.
1. Ask Questions
It may seem silly, but just stopping to ask employees how they are doing and engaging in small talk can help break up the stress of important deadlines, strapping bandwidth and juggling multiple projects simultaneously. By incorporating caring, genuine conversations, you’ll enhance your relationships with employees at work.
2. Saying Thanks
Regularly thanking employees for their hard work, dedication and perseverance may seem obvious, but in today’s busy world, the small pleasantries are often overlooked and go unsaid. Instead of implying thanks, saying it has immediate benefits and helps employees see that their hard work is appreciated and positively contributes to the company’s overall success.
3. Checking In
Checking in on employees to see how their workload is, if they have any questions and if there is room for improvement gives them the sense of being heard and understood in today’s chaotic workplace. Engaging with employees on a deeper level helps build stronger relationships, which leads to deeper trust.
4. Exploring Employees’ Strengths
When employees can showcase their strengths and work in those areas, their performance skyrockets, as they are more motivated to do better work. To help facilitate employees’ growth, identify the unique strengths that will allow them to build further skillsets going forward. By engaging employees and identifying their strengths, you can further boost their confidence and help them navigate their future career paths.
5. Onboarding and Training
Proper onboarding and ongoing training for employees helps ensure they have the education and knowledge to do their job effectively. Training can significantly improve employee retention rates, setting the tone for employees’ careers at companies.
Having a diverse workforce helps foster creativity and innovative thinking. Encourage employees to connect on a personal level and not only focus on business conversations. Learn what causes stress and anxiety, as well as what brings employees joy and makes them feel valued.
Spending eight to 10 hours a day with coworkers is a lot of time spent away from our families and personal obligations. By making our work hours fulfilling and meaningful, we can help to enrich the lives of those around us and foster a nurturing, healthy work environment.
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