Happy employees are the best employees, right? If employees aren’t happy, they are less likely to put in the effort necessary to do their job well. This is why it’s crucial to keep employee morale high. A great way to do this is to recognize and reward employees so they know their work is appreciated. Employee recognition can be rare simply because employers don’t know how to effectively provide recognition, so we came up with this list of 10 easy ways to recognize your employees:
- Remember your manners: Always say “thank you”. It doesn’t seem like much, but these two words show your employees that you appreciate the work that they are doing.
- Mark your calendar: Make a note of employee birthdays. When it is an employee’s birthday, let them choose a restaurant and take your team out for lunch to celebrate his or her birthday. If that’s not feasible, have a group card for everyone to sign.
- A pat on the back: Do you recognize your employees for big accomplishments? If you don’t, you should! If it’s appropriate, share the accomplishment with the rest of your team or individually congratulate your employee for a job well done.
- Get to know your employees: Knowing your employees’ interests is a great way to show you care about them. Do you have a worker who’s a big sports fan? Strike up a conversation with them about last night’s game. This shows a more personal side and helps you learn more about your employees.
- Everyone loves treats: Everybody loves treats, so try bringing some to the office. It doesn’t have to be for a birthday or Holiday; it can be just because you want to!
- Promote growth: Give your employees the opportunity to grow. Encourage them to attend a seminar or class to represent your business and add to their industry knowledge. Make sure you have them share what they learned with the rest of the team afterwards!
- Silly celebrations: Celebrate Holidays at work. Dressing up for Halloween and Secret Santa are just two ideas!
- Communicate effectively: Listening to your employees is critical. Always make communicating with your team a top priority and listen to employees when they want to be heard.
- Allow scheduling flexibility: Take an extra step to understand the balance between an employee’s work life and family/personal life. Sometimes conflicts arise, so make sure you are flexible to your team’s work schedule.
- Give bonuses: If you are able to, reward your employees with quarterly or end of the year bonuses. A little extra cash says “thank you” quite nicely.
Employee recognition is all about building a team environment, keeping morale high and creating positive behaviors. Keep these 10 tips in mind the next time you’re looking for a way to recognize your team’s great work. How do you recognize your employees? Comment or post on our Facebook page to share!
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