Learn to say thank you to your employees regularly, and in ways that make them feel appreciated.
- Step 1: Arrange informal retreats once a year to reinforce communication and evaluate goals.
- Step 2: Provide lunch once in a while or afternoon snacks to let them know you care and to keep everyone relaxed.
- FACT: The first Friday in March is officially Employee Appreciation Day, dedicated in 1995 by Bob Nelson, a founding Recognition Professional International board member.
- Step 3: Meet with your employees one on one to find out about their personal goals and professional aspirations. Express appreciation during this one-on-one for what they've done to date that helps the company. Model an upbeat and open management style at all times.
- Step 4: Give them a surprise day off, or let them choose a couple of days a year when to take a day for some rest and relaxation. Offer flex hours for family time to accommodate employees as a thank you.
- TIP: Think of little ways you can thank or recognize spouses, who are often burdened by their partner's work load as well.
- Step 5: Come up with ways to make work more fun. Promote a party game, like having people bring in baby pictures and let their colleagues guess the owner. It's a natural way for everyone to get closer without the usual pressures.
- Step 6: Say thank you by sending a personalized handwritten note. Applaud their efforts on the spot by sending an e-mail praising them. Offer rewards--from simple praise to bonuses--for any ideas that boost productivity and save or make money for the company.