Oct 28, 201312:42 PMThe Gray Area
with Donna Gray
5 ways to show employees you value them
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Recent research demonstrates that many employees are unhappy in their work and are ready to leave their posts for a company that would better recognize their efforts, if only they could find the right fit. A CBS News report stated that according to a Gallup poll, “Only 30% of American workers really feel engaged and/or inspired at their jobs, and the vast majority of U.S. workers — 70% — are not reaching their full potential.”
In a smallbiztrends.com post, Rieva Lesonsky reports that “more than 80% [of workers] say receiving recognition in the workplace makes them more satisfied with their jobs.”
More and more CEOs are adopting long-term recognition programs that, among other things, honor length of service and dedication to the company, reinforce customer service actions, and congratulate workers for increasing company sales and/or profitability. Companies that really “get it” remember to recognize those who provide support services and routinely help others succeed at their jobs.
In my 35-plus years in the recognition industry, I have observed that employees who feel recognized and appreciated do more and better work and are happier in their jobs.
Here are several easy ways to let employees know they are valued and appreciated:
- Let them know they count. Employees need to know that management cares about their opinions and feelings and recognizes that they aren’t just a number. Show team members that they are an important and integral part of the company.
- Acknowledge a job well done. Think of recognition that reflects what the company values and create a show of appreciation for achieving that status. Even a “shout-out” at a team meeting can go far in making an employee feel good.
- Catch employees in the act of doing something good for the company, for their co-workers, or for the community, and give them credit and accolades.
- Invest in employee success by providing the tools and the education needed for them to succeed and grow.
- Create a recognition program that makes everyone in the company eligible to receive awards.