Whether you’re a multinational corporation or a small business just starting out, your staff are the lifeblood of your organisation; they’re your most valuable asset, and they’re vital to its success.
Sincere thanks goes a long way, and employees who feel appreciated in their roles will be more motivated to give their best effort and really help you progress towards your larger goals.
So here are 7 great ways to show your staff the appreciation they deserve, and increase workplace productivity.
Say thank you
Before we discuss any other ways of showing your appreciation, you should recognise how powerful this small gesture can be.
It might seem obvious, but a simple thank you goes a long way.
Write a note
A note expressing your gratitude for recent efforts goes a long way. But don’t send it in an email. Add the personal touch and write it by hand.
A number of companies will arrange so that their employees receive a certain percentage of the annual salary, but you don’t need to stick to annual bonuses – and you can reward so much more than time spent at the company, so give bonuses for hard work and attendance.
Gifts needn’t be extravagant to be effective in getting your message across. Think about presenting certificates, giving gift cards or even providing company-related merchandise.
Arrange meals out
Choose a restaurant and take everyone out for lunch. Everyone will appreciate the offer, and it’s also a great opportunity for you to speak more candidly with your staff and get to know them on a more personal level.
Present an award
Staff award ceremonies are a fantastic opportunity to award staff for their commitment, dedication, hard work and service.
But don’t just focus on one staff member, decide on a number of different categories (like ‘Longest Service’ or ‘Staff Excellence’, for example) and take the opportunity to show the entire team the recognition they deserve.