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A little appreciation going a long way!

As an employer, it is very important that we say “thank you” to our employees.  Their work is invaluable to us as well as their impact on our business.

Did you know that more than half of all employees admit they would stay longer at their jobs if their bosses showed more appreciation?

Three simple steps and you could start showing your staff that you appreciate them…

  • First you need to recognize and reveal just how important your employees are! To truly do this you must understand the value your employees bring to your company.  You might want to ask yourself, if several key personnel were to leave your company, how would it affect your business overall?

Most likely, it would be very distressing.  Each one of your workers, has a very personal relationship with each one of your customers.  Appreciation will come naturally if managers really give some thought as to how much they value their employees.

  • Your staffs’ opinion is very important…so find out what matters to them!  Employees have all kinds of ways to feel appreciated other than a pay raise…being involved in decisions, company wide recognition, opportunities to do different work, telecommuting options, social events, and even a hand written “thank you” will do!

Try creating a survey to see how your employees would like to be recognized.

  • Like any good plan, showing your appreciation needs organization. If you are committed to this, keep good records of to whom and how much.  Also, make sure you check back in with your employees…Does their feedback coincide with your recognition efforts?

If they do…you and your company will reap the benefits.  Your reputation will soar as will your hiring and retaining as well.

It is tough to go to work every day feeling disconnected, unacknowledged and indifferent.  So, making that genuine effort to creating a work environment that recognizes its employees will most definitely set you apart from your competitors.

Find some creative ways to show your appreciation and gratitude for a job well done, even a simple “thank you,” either verbally or in a handwritten thank you note, can go a long way in making employees feel valued.

How do you show your employees they are appreciated?

Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC.  We work with successful top executives with a driving ambition to crush their competition.  We help CEOs and Entrepreneurs improve alignment, communication and accountability throughout their organization. www.55Questions.com

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