Employee Appreciation Part 1: Do You Know How To Appreciate Your Employees?

Appreciation at work is a big deal. Your employees are looking for it, and if you’re not giving it to them, you are at risk of losing great talent.

It’s time to dig a little deeper to find out what employees are looking for when it comes to appreciation.

Have you ever stopped to ask your employees what make them feel appreciated? It can be a complex question, and not everyone may be comfortable answering face to face. But if you’re not willing to dig deeper to find out, you could risk losing great people.

In the 2016 Workplace Index Survey, 92% of employees rated happiness at work as important or very important. 92% isn’t a small number. That means the majority of your employees are looking to feel valued and appreciated. So if you’re not stopping every so often to touch base and check in on their levels of satisfaction, their next step might be walking out the door to a different opportunity.

High employee turnover can be very costly to any company – the hiring process and training new employees can take months, which is taxing for company time and resources, and the bottom line. So, perhaps it’s time to take a more in-depth look at what gives your employees those feelings of appreciation.

What is appreciation and how exactly can it be applied to the workplace?

Appreciation, by definition is “the act of recognizing someone’s worth as a person or showing that you are grateful for something that person has done” (source).

In order to recognize your employees’ worth, it would be helpful to know what motivates them in the first place. And to show gratitude, take a moment to understand what elements create happiness for your employees in the workplace.

Motivation and Happiness. These two keys can help unlock the answers to understanding what truly drives your employees. And a better understanding of what motivates them and makes them happy can drastically improve overall satisfaction levels.

Check back on Wednesday as we get a deeper look into the top 6 factors that motivate employees and how you can start implementing them today. And on Friday we’ll explore happiness in the workplace and what you can do to fix it.

What do you think motivates you at work and what makes you happy? Comment below and let us know.

The Extreme Classroom Makeover Is Here!

Know a classroom that could use a little TLC?

Staples Business Advantage™ is giving one deserving classroom an extreme makeover. Together with our vendor partners, we will makeover a school classroom with everything from new desks and chairs to school supplies and learning accessories.

To enter, visit staplesbusinessadvantage.ca/classmakeover

Contest runs February 1st to March 10th 2017.

Visit staplesbusinessadvantage.ca/classmakeover for full rules and regulations. Contest is open to all publicly-funded elementary or secondary schools and independent elementary or secondary schools that are located in Canada, excluding the province of Quebec.

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Do You Know Where The Germs Are Lurking?

September to March is high time for cold and flu season, which means that for over half of the year we are more susceptible to catching the bug that’s going around the office. Whether you’ve battled a cold or flu bug yet this year, someone you know likely has, and you probably did your very best to avoid contact with them so that you wouldn’t catch the germs.  But even with our best efforts to avoid direct contact, what many of us don’t know is that germs can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours! That gives us all plenty of time to pick up and pass around the germs.

Staying healthy can be a challenge, especially when you’re to and from work every day, and out after work and on weekends for errands and activities. We are continuously coming into contact with others. And since it’s not exactly possible to hibernate for the entire cold and flu season, arming yourself with the right knowledge to keep the spread of germs at bay is your best defense.

Find out more from this infographic:

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How To Create A Workplace Everyone Will Love

How do you create a work environment that is motivating and inspiring for your employees?  Look around. Everything that goes into your office space helps to create a positive (or negative) office culture. From the breakroom to desk space, employee programs, and even the office layout – every feature of the office has the ability to have an impact on the people that work there.

Learn how to create an office environment that everyone will love from these 4 great articles:

5 Ways to Spark Inspiration in the Workplace: Inspiration comes in many forms – and your workplace is either fueling it, or squashing it. Read more

Modern Office Spaces Are Improving Our Health: Why a “one-size-fits-all” approach to office space doesn’t work. Read more

These Designs Are Changing Up the Workplace: What does the future of office design look like? The road ahead is colourful and active! Read more

Wellness Programs – Are They Worth It? The benefits of a workplace wellness program may reach far beyond personal well-being. Read more