One of the most challenging aspects of being a leader is constantly motivating your team while limiting turnover. Employees who don’t feel appreciated are twice as likely to leave their jobs; which means recognizing employees has a huge payoff. Saying “thank you” is one of the most simple and powerful ways to build trust, yet it doesn’t happen near enough in the workplace. Here’s 3 simple ways you can ensure your teammates feel their hard work is recognized.
Let them leave work early
This may not be feasible in all work environments, but if you’re able to do it, a surprise treat of allowing people to leave early does wonders for team morale and well-being. Allowing your team to get a head start on the weekend or a few hours of unexpected free time shows you recognize and appreciate their hard work and that you understand there’s more to life than just work.
Listen and learn.
Take the time to understand who your team members are outside of the workplace. Gaining insight on their interests, their passions and what is important to them allows you to tailor incentives that they will be more receptive to. Your employees will appreciate that you have taken notice as to what truly motivates them to attain their goals, both personal and professional.
Make time to talk about their career
Many studies show that employees want growth and development at work, and they’re not getting it. If you want to make a team member’s day, tell them you want to take some time to talk about their career. As a manager, you’re in the perfect position to help them see opportunities in your company and beyond. You know their strengths and weaknesses. You can help them network to people in the organization that can help where you may not be able to.
Thanking employees is not just something you should wait for the holidays to do. In order to inspire the engagement, you need to keep productivity high and turnover low, be sure to make recognizing employees’ part of your workplace culture. There are probably a million different ways to thank your team. But if you really want to connect with your teammates and make it meaningful, you need to think beyond standard perks and benefits. It may take a little effort, but recognizing employees will have a big payoff, and build a strong bond between you and your team.
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