8 Ways to Thank Your Employees

  • Appreciation Nation

    It’s Administrative Professional Appreciation week, which means that deserving employees all over the country should be receiving flowers, thank you notes or other gifts of recognition from grateful employers. We use the word ‘should’ because according to a recent study by national staffing agency Office Team, 18% of office managers do not recognize administrative staff during this week, and 27% of those workers said they don’t feel valued by their employer. These slights, though unfortunate, are expected considering that many small businesses have yet to recover from the recession. However, Allison Nawoj, corporate communications director for CareerBuilder.com, says it’s in employers’ best interest to find a way to show some gratitude. “Part of the challenge in retaining workers is that they need to feel appreciated and recognized for their work,” Nawoj tells MainStreet. “If a company is strapped for cash, there are still ways that they can recognize and reward their employees.” Read on for eight ways to reward your employees without breaking the company’s bank account. Photo Credit: crystalagogo
    Say ‘Thank You’
  • Say ‘Thank You’

    According to Mei Lu, CEO of Jobfully.com, “thank you” is the still most powerful thing you can say to your employees. “The key is paying attention and noticing the effort people put into their work, even the small detail,” Lu says, adding that a  proper accolade  would go something like this: “Thank you for being thoughtful and increasing the font for today's power point presentation. This client made a comment during the last meeting." You can also put your thank you in writing to make it more lasting and meaningful. Photo Credit:  Meddy Garnet
    Give Praise in Public
  • Give Praise in Public

    Charles Purdy, a career expert with Monster.com, says the way to make a compliment twice as nice is by sharing it with more than one person. “Don't just tell an employee he or she has done something great. Tell the whole team or the whole company,” he says. Nawoj and Purdy also suggest talking up an employee’s accomplishments on the company blog, intranet, Facebook page or even on Twitter. The praise will let the employee know how appreciative you are, which has other benefits as well. “This is great brand-building for your company, too,” Purdy says. “It showcases you as a company that values employee contributions.” Photo Credit: bossco
    Talk Them Up Behind Their Back
  • Talk Them Up Behind Their Back

    Purdy also suggests giving compliments behind an employee’s back. “Employees love to hear kind words from their bosses, but they really love to hear third-party reports of their bosses' kind words,” he says. Photo Credit: bpsusf
    Offer a Day Off
  • Offer a Day Off

    If you really want to incentivize an employee to do great things, Nawoj suggests offering perks that are of no cost to the organization. This includes extra vacation days or casual days, she says. While this may initially seem like a threat to a company’s output, remember, productivity can also be lost when an employee is unhappy. Photo Credit: Axel Buhrmann
    Offer a Flexible Work Schedule
  • Offer a Flexible Work Schedule

    If you’re not ready to dole out vacation days, consider rewarding employees with a flexible schedule instead. “Having a work schedule that fits their personal situations so that they can have a work-life balance is greatly appreciated by employees,” Lu says. “As long as work priorities are not being compromised, allowing a flexible work schedule can reduce stress and increase job satisfaction for employees.” Photo Credit: Dru Bloomfield - At home in Scottsdale
    Tie Your Compliments to the Company’s Mission
  • Tie Your Compliments to the Company’s Mission

    Purdy says it’s also a good idea to tie the compliments you give to employees to the larger goals of the company. “Make them feel responsible for the company's success,” he explains. “For more entry-level employees, especially, knowing that their contributions matter will help them not get bored or frustrated with some more menial or not-so-interesting tasks.” Photo Credit: Infusionsoft
    Groom Employees for Your Job
  • Groom Employees for Your Job

    Or at the very least suggest that there is room for upward mobility. Alicia Vargas, who runs a lingerie boutique in Englewood, Colo., makes deserving employees feel good by telling them she is grooming them to take over one day. “Ultimately the little things add up to big things,” she says. Photo Credit:  ragesoss
    Offer Support
  • Offer Support

    A little unconditional support can go a long way, even if your worker isn’t looking to climb the career ladder. Arash Afshar works for a product demonstration company that told its workers upfront that they want them to see this job as a vehicle to get to wherever they want to be in life, regardless of their ambitions. “I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to have a boss who doesn't expect you to love the company like he does,” Afshar explains. “There is plenty of room for growth, but you're not shunned if you aren't interested in climbing.” Afshar adds that his company’s open-minded attitude makes him want to perform even better and not let his employers down. Photo Credit:  Dave Reichert
    10 Ways to Deal With a Bad Boss
  • 10 Ways to Deal With a Bad Boss

    What should you do when your boss is less than appreciative? Find out in this MainStreet article that outlines ten ways to deal with a bad boss. Photo Credit:  Kreutziana
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