Employees who do their job well, regularly meet company goals, and exceed expectations deserve to know how much they are appreciated. If they don't feel their hard work is recognized, they might be inclined to look for another job where they feel more valued. With this in mind, consider making every day "Employee Appreciation Day."

While you may be the face of the company, and possibly even the "brains" to a major extent, you would still have a difficult time running the company without competent and productive employees. You already know this, but do they know you feel that way? Only your words and actions can tell them. Even a well-paid employee needs to know their contributions to the team aren't going unnoticed.

Traits of workers who feel valued

Workers who feel valued are better at their jobs. They care more, and are more likely to go out of their way to solve problems that affect the company rather than just trying to get through the day. Employees who feel valued are likely to have better work attendance and stay with the company for a longer period of time.

You will see greater attention to detail from such an employee, and they will demonstrate a greater sense of ownership over the tasks and projects they are assigned. They will be more enthusiastic about taking on higher degree of responsibility and invest more of themselves into the success of the whole company. This signals that they're in it for the long haul.

An appreciated employee is also more likely to get along well with other team members and to share positive opinions about the company with them, which can help spread many of these traits across the staff.

Ways you can show employees that they are valued

There are plenty of ways to show employees that you value them. The easiest (and cheapest) is to treat them with respect and express positive feedback on a job well done.

"The simplest way to show appreciation is to convey it with words," says David Mattson, President and CEO of training and consulting company Sandler Training.1 "Say please and thank you instead of militantly ordering your team members around. Compliment their contributions to a successful project, and mention their success of handling a difficult client. In addition, talk with and get to know them on a personal level, their children's and spouse's name, their interests, and their hobbies. Investing a bit of time into the employee establishes a strong connection that helps build a foundation of trust and commitment. Positive, praising language shows appreciation. And it's free!”

Communicate the goals you want your employees to achieve, and express gratitude and appreciation when these goals are achieved. If they come up short on a goal, respectfully discuss the reason and try to be understanding while working to improve the situation together. There may be a legitimate reason a goal was not met, so don't jump to negative conclusions right from the start.

Positive feedback can go a long way, but few things make an employee feel more appreciated than a receiving a bonus, particularly if it comes with an explanation about why they earned one. Even if a bonus isn't in the budget, recognition for an employee's accomplishments or skills, especially in front of other employees, can give them a sense of pride.

Survey your staff to see how they would like you to show your appreciation. You may think an employee-of-the-month trophy is corny, but they may really value it. You won’t know unless you ask. Rewards could be anything from a pizza party, to an afternoon off, to paying for college courses or leadership training to help them advance in their career.2

Be willing to accept feedback and constructive criticism from employees. They might be right, but even if you disagree, this feedback is coming from a place of wanting the company to succeed, which is ultimately the kind of attitude you want from an employee. Either way, listening to what they have to say and taking feedback seriously demonstrate that you appreciate their input.

Don't wait until an employee is up for an official evaluation to let them know what you think of their work and their role in the company. Make every day "Employee Appreciation Day," and cultivate a positive work environment so that the whole team is glad to show up for each and every day.

  1. https://www.sandler.com/blog/6-ways-make-employees-feel-appreciated
  2. https://wheniwork.com/blog/37-employee-appreciation-ideas/


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