Showing appreciation to employees is one of the best ways to build a stronger workforce, increase productivity and encourage the free-flow of ideas. Employee Appreciation Day falls on the first Friday in March throughout Canada and the United States, which is the perfect time to thank employees for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. Consider the following ways to motivate and show support.
Offer Public Recognition
Employee recognition is always a good way to show appreciation for a job well done but consider making the sentiment public. Post your gratitude on social media, sent out a company text or type of a newsletter and call an individual out by name. Make sure you are specific in your praise, so they know exactly what they are being rewarded for. Aside from public appreciation, keep your eyes out for those who go above and beyond their duties. Stop by their desk to say thanks, or bring in little surprises like cookies and cupcakes.
Pay for Lunch
Bring your office employees together and splurge on breakfast or lunch. Not only will employees feel appreciated, but it will also help strengthen interpersonal relationships when they gather for meals. Bring in doughnuts, have a pizza party or call a caterer to bring in sandwiches and chips.
Create a Company Platform
Create a platform to give employees a chance to call out other employees who have offered help. Peer awards often mean more to an individual than company recognition. Let employees vote on an employee of the month, week or even year and then offer an award. Wooboard is one type of application that helps you create a culture of peer appreciation.
Offer Flexible Scheduling
Employees, especially millennials, enjoy working in a company that lets them balance work and personal life. One way to show appreciation and trust is by offering flexible scheduling. As long as the work is completed on time, let employees come in early and get off early or stay later. If possible, you can also let employees work from home.
Give Year-End Bonuses
Employees are the backbone of any company. Most profits can be attributed to excellent employees. At the end of the year, show thanks by giving attendance bonuses, top sales or even provide a percentage of an employee’s salary as a year-end bonus.
Keep motivation high and reduce turnover by saying thanks often. Both actions and words go a long way with employee satisfaction.