A business that prioritises its employees’ happiness and provides a great working environment are usually a success. So, you should treat them like they are your business’ greatest asset.
Your employees are the backbone of your company. Without them, you have no business – no one to help make it a success. Show them that you appreciate them and provide opportunities for nurturing and developing their skills.
Why you should appreciate your employees
When you show that you appreciate your employees, it builds trust. And you need trust for a business to run smoothly.
Employees want to be treated with respect and like they have value, so connecting with them and letting them know when they’re doing a good job or they’ve gone above and beyond on something will go a long way.
Employees who feel like their bosses care about them are more productive.
If everyone is treated as integral to the success of the company, everyone will feel invested and want to contribute their best work to be a part of the glory.
Happy employees want to stick around.
Being appreciated as an employee is a huge morale booster. Happy employees tend to stay with you longer, which is great because searching for, hiring, and onboarding a new employee is costly and wastes valuable time.
When it comes to recruiting someone new, you’ll have your pick of candidates.
Great workers want to work where they’re appreciated and respected. The investment in your employees will pay off in the long run.
Plus, appreciated employees can actually improve your brand’s reputation.
There are websites that allow people to rate their experiences as customers of a business, but also as an employee, such as Glassdoor.
The feedback given to these websites could be overwhelmingly positive if you’ve provided a good workplace for your employees. And in turn, customer experiences will also reflect the fact that your employees love their jobs, encouraging even more potential customers to frequent your business.
Here are a few ideas for how to show your appreciation for your employees:
- Host staff events – like happy hours, company meals and events, birthday parties, volunteer opportunities, annual retreats, and celebrate professional anniversaries or milestones.
- Acknowledge your team – with formal notices or ways to show recognition, awards, recognition programmes, gift cards, fitness opportunities, paid time off, and shout outs on social media.
- Solicit their feedback and suggestions – and take them seriously.
- Provide professional development and training opportunities.
Your people make your business
Treating the people who work at your company like they’re one of the greatest assets you have and showing them that you appreciate them can improve engagement, employee retention, productivity, and morale.
Not everyone can build a business on their own; it takes a team to make your business successful and help keep it that way, and companies with the most talented employees are usually the most successful – think Google and Apple!
Great workers who care about the success of the business are sometimes hard to find, so do what you can to hold on to the ones you have. Show them they are valued and important to make sure they stick around.