You can tell your colleagues, coworkers, and employees how much you value them and their contribution any day of the year. No occasion is necessary! In fact, small surprises and tokens of your appreciation spread throughout the year help the people in your work life feel valued by you all year long.
Employees who feel valued and appreciated by their leaders are infinitely more likely to go above and beyond for the company and hold themselves accountable for their part of a project. Most importantly, they will be happier in their roles. If leaders disregard the importance of connecting with employees, they lose the benefit of a dedicated, long-term team!
Some find it difficult to personally connect with employees while still maintaining a position of authority, but the trick is to simply show them you care. You can get in touch with what you appreciate from your coworkers at work. While every employee has different needs for appreciation, your own needs can serve you well as a starting point.
We’ve collected for you ten ways to show your appreciation to employees and coworkers. Now it’s your turn to go ahead and make their day!
Ask your coworkers about their important interests.
Questions and acknowledgments about their family, their hobby, their weekend or a special event they attended are always welcome. Your genuine interest—as opposed to being nosey—causes people to feel valued and cared about. Demonstrate this interest regularly by asking questions!
Go above and beyond to personally help them.
It isn’t enough to simply assist your employees with work issues; a great leader should keep his eyes open for ways to help out with personal issues as well. A true leader would do anything in his or her power to support an employee! This can help to build a loyalty culture that’s hard to break and invaluable in a business relationship.
Offer staff members flexible scheduling.
If feasible! If work coverage is critical, post a calendar so people can balance their time off with that of their coworkers. A flexible work schedule is a benefit that employees desire all of the time, trust us on this one!
Praise something your coworker has done well.
Identify the specific actions that you found admirable. This praise feels sincere since you took the time to spell out details—not just, “You did a good job.” You also emphasize the actions that you’d like to see the employee do more often and everybody benefits when people experience clear direction.
Say thank you!
Show your appreciation for their hard work and contributions! And, don’t forget to say please often as well. Social niceties do belong at work. A more gracious, polite, civilized workplace is appreciated by all and it will help build a great team.
Do things that set you apart.
Be real and transparent with them.
Make time for them.
Be aware of the expectations you set.
Finally, provide opportunity.
Before your employees will believe in or care about, the long-term vision of the company, its culture, or its success, they need to feel that you see each of them as a person — not just an “employee” to execute your to-do list. They need to feel that their leader — and the company — is invested in them. Once you show your team how much you value them, there’s nothing they won’t strive to accomplish. Stretch your imagination. There are hundreds of other employee and coworker appreciation ideas just waiting for you to find them.
They’ll bring you success in employee motivation, employee recognition and in building a positive, productive workplace!