Appreciation goes a long way on the job. As the workday grows longer, as employees scramble to cover for a co-worker or irritability is peaked due to an intense project, thanking employees and showing them that they have value creates strong and positive team relationships.
Here are a few ways to show an employee appreciation:
- Say please and thank you! Great job! Lead with praise over criticism. No one wants to hear what’s wrong with their project before they hear what’s right.
- Listen to your team member’s comments and surprise them with something you know they like: A box of tea, an office plant, a gift card to the movies for landing a new client.
- Everyone loves surprises! Order pizza, sandwiches or catered food in occasionally. Try a coffee and tea cart with fresh pastries. Roll in a popcorn machine for a week or set-up an ice cream bar one afternoon.
- Walk around the office; stay involved, connect with everyone. If some workers are remote, call them. While a praiseworthy text or email might feel encouraging to you, a phone call of thanks often makes a bigger impact.
Appreciating employees, thanking them and respecting them are natural ways to recognize their value and acknowledging their talents are necessary steps for building a healthy team.
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