Business leaders with the most talented teams tend to have the greatest success, and building a great team takes more than hiring the best talent. Leaders with the best teams know how to hold on to valuable employees.
Showing appreciation is critical to any employee retention effort. If you treat your team with respect and admiration, they will be extremely loyal to you. Given that we’ve been through a lot as a society, there’s no better time to show appreciation to your employees. Below are a few tips on how you can do that.
In the TV show Dexter, serial killer Dexter Morgan is able to fly under the radar at work by regularly bringing in a box of donuts. This bit of dark humor is effective because we all love when someone brings donuts to work.
Giving your employees free food might be a bit of a cliché, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t appreciated. Little food surprises here and there are small things that can have a big impact.
Recognition Beyond the Top Performers
When the same employees get recognized quarter after quarter, and year after year, an employee recognition program can actually have a demoralizing effect because some people feel shut out. When setting up an employee recognition program, it’s important to remember that your company needs steady contributors as much as it needs top contributors. Make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to receive recognition.
Team and Company-Wide Awards
There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition, but individual awards can sometimes feel like they divide employees. Team awards, on the other hand, can help to bring an entire group of people together. Likewise, company-wide awards can help to bring your entire organization together.
Help Your Employees Appreciate One Another
The best employee appreciation programs aren’t standalone initiatives. They are part of a greater culture of appreciation and one way you can help build this culture is to set up a system that lets employees formally appreciate one another. For example, you could have a bulletin board where employees post notes of appreciation to one another.
A culture of appreciation drives home any other the play recognition programs you might have, making them more impactful.
Connect Recognition to Your Mission
Another way to give your employee recognition program more meaning is to find ways to connect it back to your company mission. Employees likely applied to your company because they appreciate what it stands for, whether that’s environmental stewardship, community support or unusually high standards.
When your recognition program connects back to your mission and your brand, it reminds employees why they started working for your company in the first place and that can be a powerful message.
We Fully Support and Assist with Our Clients’ Appreciation Programs
At NSC, we understand that employee recognition programs are a smart investment. Please contact us today to find out how we can work with your company to ensure you’re getting the most out of your program.