Show Employees Love This Holiday Season and Get Better Results
With the holiday season upon us, there is no time like the present to give thanks for what we have and start holiday shopping. Employers should also be taking the time to give thanks to their dedicated employees this holiday season; not because it’s a kind thing to do, but because a little bit of genuine kindness goes a long way to boost people’s spirits and increase productivity in the workplace. As a boss, you probably are asking, “How do I go about doing so”? The key to making employees happy and keeping happy may seem difficult, but it really isn’t. It comes down to one word, respect.
Before you were in a position of authority, you too were an employee. If you were to think back to that time, what was most important for you? What made you feel valued? What made you feel respected as a person and as part of a team? The behavior of a supervisor has serious impact on the productivity of employees.
Recently, Glassdoor released an Employee Appreciation Survey which showed how employees truly felt when employers upped the appreciation factor and handed out well-deserved perks. Harris Interactive conducted an online survey of 2,044 employees that showed approximately 53 percent said they would remain with their current company if they felt more appreciation from management. Additionally, 81 percent said they would be motivated to work harder if their boss acknowledged their efforts. Something as simple as saying thank you can goes a long way. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to happen enough in the workplace.
Importance of Gratitude
Showing employees gratitude for their hard work does wonders to motivate creativity and production. When people feel valued, their mood improves and they work harder. When employees feel undervalued, there is no motivation to perform better than on a mediocre level. Interestingly, as part of Glassdoor’s survey, 68 percent of individuals admit their boss does show appreciation, but it’s geared towards people with more experience. Something as simple as saying thank you can go a long way. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to happen enough in the workplace.
Forms of Appreciation
When it comes down to showing appreciation, 75 percent participants who took the survey said money is valuable way to show appreciation. Other forms of gratitude came in at 46 percent including unexpected rewards. Forty percent of employees said having a bigger part in major decision making was on their bucket list, and 37 percent indicated that diverse career opportunities would score big points with them.
One gesture that goes a long way is ensuring each employee gets a Whatever it takes, deliver work anniversary cards, corporate holiday cards or business holiday cards on time, every time. The holiday season is when every business takes time out to celebrate their success… and the winning nature of any business is founded on the employees that do the work daily. Take the time to show them you know this well.
As the boss, it is imperative you create a pleasant work environment makes your employees feel valued as part of a team and individually. Showing appreciation for the work your employees do can come in various forms. A well-deserved day off for example is an excellent way to say thank you for your hard work. It has been proven time and again that most people don’t mind working hard, or even working overtime when they know they are appreciated and they will reap a reward later on down the road. On the other hand, employees who are not given respect and treated like cattle will search new employment.
Within each department, a boss needs to determine who their employees truly are. In this way, they are better able to give rewards suited for each individual or group. Being personable scores big points with employees as it makes them feel like a human and not like a robot that is merely performing actions.
There is no question that bonuses, raises in salary and paid time off go a long way to keep employees happy and eager to work, but there is another important factor to consider. Genuine gratitude cannot be falsified. People know when someone is saying thank you just because they feel they have to.
Looking at each employee as a person and understanding that although you are the boss, you as well need to be told thank you and job well done. Putting yourself in your employees’ shoes and showing empathy will keep productivity high and your employees happy. Positive reinforcement is the best place to start.