Employees who don’t feel appreciated will leave your company creating higher turnover. Employees who are unhappy are absent an average of 1.25 days more per month. Don’t let this happen! Employees come first – it’s the power of appreciation.
Appreciation doesn’t have to be a warm fuzzy feeling. It really comes down to good leadership. Employees feel appreciated when leaders keep them in the loop. Communicating to them the overall goal and vision, and letting them know of changes and the direct impacts.
Employees feel appreciated when they’re respected and valued. You don’t need to micromanage when you hire the right person. Respect that they know how to do their work and verify as needed. Remind employees the value their work contributes to the overall vision.
You can also express appreciation through compassion when an employee has an important and/or urgent matter outside of work. Many employees are also caregivers to elderly parents as well as young children. Have compassion when an employee unexpectedly needs some time for this. It will come back to you many times via increased productivity and loyalty.
Life is full of negativity. Why not try some appreciation? You can express appreciation often without a price tag or a formal program. Here are ways to get started.
Employees come first – it’s the power of appreciation.
Conscious acts of kindness. Keep it simple, short and sincere. Encourage an employee or a colleague. Saying “thank you” goes a long way. Thanking your employees for accomplishing small things, or praising their effort, is least expected and has a big impact.
Stop, talk and listen. You stop, your employee talks and you listen. Seek others opinions. Ask for input. Absorb their information. Your answer or judgment on what they say is not required. What’s important is that you listen actively and be in the moment.
How can I help? Leaders need to ask this with frequent staff check-ins. You need to be always looking forward to the next step. Give your team a better visibility on what’s around the corner and make slight course corrections. Help them get better.
Show respect. These are simple acts that may take practice on your part. It can be not interrupting someone; jot down your thought and wait your turn. Look the other person in the eye while they’re talking to you; don’t fidget with your phone or computer. Remember that you aren’t the smartest person in the room; learn to rely on your staff.
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