Simple and Creative Ways to Show Gratitude to Your Employees

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Demonstrating gratitude to employees boosts morale, promotes workplace effectiveness and drives performance. Showing employee appreciation is a critical way to reduce turnover and boost engagement.

 Here are a few ways you can show gratitude to your employees so that they feel recognized and valued.

  1. Acknowledge a job well done

If an employee goes above and beyond, make sure that people know about it. But don’t just make a generic statement like ‘good job.’ Study the details regarding the work that was done, and then give a public pat on the back in front of the rest of the team or department.  A little bit of public gratitude can go a long way.

  1. Spend time getting to know your employees’ interests

Your employees have hobbies and interests, learning about what those are will help you get to know your employees. You can then use this information to invest in small, personalized gifts as thank-you gestures. Even a greeting card with a warm, genuine note of appreciation can boost employee morale. Customized mugs, buttons and knick-knacks with a personal message also make thoughtful appreciation gifts without breaking the bank.

  1. Consider flexible holiday scheduling to your employees

Most people look forward to major holidays since they get to spend time with their loved ones. If possible, create a holiday work schedule with a higher degree of flexibility than normal.  Perhaps even offer some telecommuting options, if feasible. Your employees will appreciate your consideration of their time.

  1. Offer bonuses and rewards

Gift certificates, as well as quarterly, annual and/or holiday bonuses, say ‘thank you’ quite effectively.  If possible, plan your budget to include bonuses and extras for your employees. Offering monetary rewards pushes employees to go the extra mile. Everyone appreciates a little extra cash, especially if it’s a “thank you” for a job well done.

  1. Treat their tastebuds

When your employees do a great job, treat them to lunch or order pizzas at the office. Or you may want to consider planning a more formal lunch or dinner. Bake cookies and/or cakes yourself as a fun and unexpected way to keep employee morale high.  For as trivial as it may sound, they will appreciate you going the extra mile.

Value Your Employees All Year Round

Showing a little gratitude can result in a much more productive workplace. After all, people like to be recognized and respected by colleagues and management. Employee appreciation also results in reduced employee absenteeism, improved overall well-being and a better bottom line.

Creating a consistent employee appreciation program renews commitment to employees and shows how much you value them. Let Star Staffing help you develop and optimize and innovative employee appreciation plan. We’re well-versed in the in’s and out’s of building a company culture that values and recognizes the hard work of the men and women who keep your business afloat.