Showing your employees that they are valued and appreciated is extremely important to the success of your company. In order to retain top talent, you need to remind employees that the work they are doing is being noticed and that you care about them as people. This is what builds loyalty, motivates workers and encourages productivity. It helps to create a happy and healthy workplace and an inspired workforce, which only means good things for your business. Here are five ways to show your employees that you care.
1. Regularly Check In With Them
As a business owner, a manager or a team leader, you have to be conscious of the relationships you have with your staff or team members and how your managerial style may be making your employees feel. You want employees to feel comfortable around you and to feel that they can approach you for help when they need it. In order to create this kind of culture and to show employees that you care about them, it is important that you regularly check in with them and ensure that you are a source of support, rather than a source of stress. To do this, you should spend time actively listening to your staff, to their concerns and worries and ask them what aspects of their work lives could be improved or altered with your help. Showing interest in their lives, outside of work, also shows that you care about them outside of the workplace.
2. Be Transparent
Another way you can show employees they care is by being open, honest and transparent with them. This shows your respect for your staff and is a way you can treat them as equal, no matter what their technical position might be. By regularly discussing with your employees how the company is going, what the team’s objectives are and what progress needs to be made, you help to create an atmosphere of trust and openness. Employees feel valued that they are able to be involved in these processes and this is important for productivity because when employees feel invested in the company and aware of what is going on, they can more easily ascertain what they have to achieve.
3. Offer Professional Development Opportunities
Investing in your employees and wanting them to succeed shows your staff that you care. One way to do this is to provide professional development opportunities and room for growth. Encouraging team members to reach their full potential and improve their skillset shows to them that you have faith in their abilities and believe them to be a capable employee. Take the time to find out the career goals of different employees and what skills they want to improve and then you can use this knowledge to tailor different development opportunities to them. For example, you may have an employee who is interested in learning more about coding or SEO, so you could invite an expert in to do some training with that employee. Your company will benefit from the extra skills and your employee will likely feel valued and inspired.
4. Give Them Tokens Of Appreciation
One physical way you can show your appreciation to employees is by offering gifts or benefits as a way of thanking them for their hard work. This can come in many different forms, but it’s important to think about the kind of gifts that your employees would most like to receive. A lot of the time this isn’t necessarily a financial benefit (that they may inevitably just spend on bills), but something that they might not buy themselves. Some ideas could be taking your team out for an expensive lunch, concert or theatre tickets, organising massages in the office or bringing in baked goods.
5. Have Flexible Working HoursBeing conscious of the different lifestyle commitments employees may have and allowing them to work flexible hours in order to manage these commitments helps to show your employees that they are valued and that you see their time as important. For many people, the 9-5 working day is not ideal, particularly for those with young families or extracurricular activities. Allowing employees to work hours that suit them, to occasionally work from home or letting them bring their children to work, are all ways you can ensure that your employees’ work-life balance is being considered.