November is a great time to show your gratitude for all the good things in your life, and that includes your employees! After all, your employees are your most important asset and are really difficult to replace. Without them, your company wouldn’t be able to accomplish goals. So, show them you appreciate them and value their hard work. Not only will it make them feel respected and appreciated, it’ll help to boost morale and keep your employees loyal. Here are seven ways to give back to your employees.
Say thank you
Yes, it’s just that simple. Just like your momma taught you—say thank you. And you can do it in a variety of ways. You can pull each individual aside and thank them for their efforts. You can write a thank you note or send a quick email. Just make sure you sound sincere and make it an personalized message. This way they know you’re really paying attention to what they do and aren’t relaying something generic.
Serve free food
Everyone loves free food! You don’t have to do it every day, of course, but try bringing in donuts, pizza, cookies or even a catered lunch every now and then. If you do it too often, it won’t be special, but once a month or so is plenty. It also gives your employees a chance to socialize and bond. Just make sure you accompany the freebies with a few words thanking everyone for their hard work, so they see the connection between the efforts and the treats.
Encourage work-life balance
No one wants to be overworked! Overworked employees make more mistakes that are counterproductive and time-consuming. So encourage your employees to take personal time when they need to (with pay) or give them the opportunity to work from home every once in a while. Without the freedom to handle personal matters, your employees will suffer undue stress and won’t be able to focus on their work.
Celebrate major holidays
And speaking of personal time, major holidays are a good excuse to have a little party and relax a little. You don’t have to do anything major, just host a little party or a potluck lunch—a chance to boost everyone’s moods and give them something to look forward to.
Get to know your employees, which requires more than just a simple hello in the morning. Be approachable and have an open-door policy that encourages them to come in when they have a question, concern, or reason to celebrate. Find out who they are—their families, their hobbies, and their career goals.
Have a party
Whether it’s celebrating a team achievement, a personal accomplishment, or just appreciating hard work, a party is always a great idea. Use it to recognize individual or team successes.
Whether it’s company parties around the holidays, team-building activities or retreats, or something silly and low-key on Fridays, traditions are a great way to boost morale and give your employees something to look forward to.
Yes, gratitude is just that simple. For more tips on showing your employees how grateful you are for them, check out our website at https://www.chiefofstaffkc.com.
Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh