Strategies Managers can use to Show Staff Appreciation
Every work environment is made up of a team of people that need to feel like they are appreciated and receive respect in the work place and if they do not feel this way, the overall production of the company is going to suffer. Although the same expectations may be placed on the employees, regardless of the amount of praise or recognition that they get for doing a good job, there is no question that an employee that feels appreciated will show up to work ready to do a better job. This will hands-down lead to them being a better producer in the long run.
Additionally, a group of people that interact together well in the work place simply creates a better environment for everyone that is there, which can be a big deal when you consider the fact that the majority of working class people spend more time at work than they do with their families over the course of their careers.
It is very important for staff members in various businesses to show the employees that are under them that the value the work that they do and are appreciative. However, sometimes staff members may be clueless when it comes to what methods they can utilize to show this appreciation. Here are some ways that staff members and bosses can show the employees that work under them that they do indeed appreciate the hard work and the long hours that they are likely putting in week in and week out.
As a staff member who is a boss, you may not realize how much of a major impact a simple thank you or complimentary statement can be to a person. In everyday life, even saying a basic compliment to someone on the street, such as saying that you like something that they are wearing, can completely change their day and their perspective on people and their environment in general and the same is true in the work place. However, the impact is greater, due to the fact that when that compliment or thanks is a lot more when it is coming from a senior staff member. This lets a person know that the work that they are doing is valued, gives them validation, will make them have a better day and will be a big factor in how hard they are willing to work for you when you are not around.
Be Friendly and Get to Know Your Employees
Rather than making the work environment strictly an environment where work gets done, getting to know your employees, in regards to their families and the various things they like to do out of work, can make the environment a lot more comfortable. This type of interaction brings more of a friendly aspect to the work environment and there is no doubt that a team of workers will be more efficient and will enjoy the time they spend at work more when it is with people that they can also share their lives outside of work with. This is a humanistic approach and it will work very well to increase the cohesiveness that is involved in a group of people that work together.
Help Employees to Excel and Further Their Careers
One of the biggest things that people are concerned with at work is further developing their careers and working to get to a place of higher management, where they will likely get paid a lot more. Although some staff members may feel like this is something they want to avoid, based on the fact that they may have reason to believe if they offer too much mentoring that the employee’s that they are above could take their position in the long run, employees love to feel like their bosses are helping them to reach new heights in their careers. Those employees that do not feel like this eventually get stagnant, as they do not really have anything else to work for and can simply come into work and punch the clock in and punch it out when they leave. You will find that a ton of people operate this way in the work environment, so providing insight and opportunity to the employees that work under you can be a great way to get people excited and motivated about excelling at work.
On a side note, a I’d recommend you never miss the chance to deliver holiday greeting messages on time, or ahead of time. You should definitely have corporate holiday cards, business holiday cards or work anniversary cards on hand to make them feel that they are valued in your office.
You can motivate employees, mentor them along the way and offer nice words when they succeed in the work place, but another thing to consider doing is offering a type of rewards program or a bonus for those employees that excel the most. This is a fun way to get the various employees in the company to work towards a goal and to come into work each and every day with the intent on doing the absolute best job they can.
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