In our last article, we talked about some helpful delegation tips for managers and business owners to use. Today, we are going to dive a little deeper into one of the topics we covered: making sure your team feels appreciated.
Gallup conducted research of over 1 million remote workers worldwide. In their study, they found that communicating appreciation to employees was associated not only with increasing employee engagement but also with:
- Fewer employee absences
- Fewer incidences of company theft
- Reduced numbers of job accidents
- Better customer ratings
- Lower turnover rates
- More company profitability
Employees want to feel appreciated at work, and it clearly carries its share of benefits. So, how can you as a manager do a better job of showing appreciation? Believe it or not, there are ways to do this that go beyond the obvious practices like offering bonuses, raises, and promotions. We’ve listed a few helpful examples below.
- Offer sincere words of encouragement
In the 2012 book, The Five Languages of Appreciate in the Workplace, psychologist and author Paul White shared his findings from a study he conducted of over 130,000 workers. Over half of those employees preferred words of affirmation as their way of receiving praise and acknowledgment (Fast Company).
One way to do this – try a “praise barrage.” Dr. Bob Nelson, the author of Recognizing & Engaging Employees For Dummies, refers to this practice as follows: “Sequentially focus on each person on the team on a conference call and ask others to say what they like most about working with that person. This might only take 10 minutes, but the feedback (and feeling) it provides each person will encourage them to do more of those things others on the team value, make them appreciative of being on the team, and more tightly bind them together.”
- Spend quality time with your team
Don’t forget – the members of your team are people too. So why not engage with them in a personal manner as often as you can? When starting a call for a scheduled meeting, try scheduling a couple of extra minutes to share some of the little personal things going on in your life. By doing this, you can help your team relax with you and feel more comfortable.
White’s research found that 35% of remote employees valued time spent with colleagues, so try to make the effort and give your employees a call once in a while just to check in with them personally and see how things are going in their lives.
- Show acts of kindness
The research conducted by psychologist Paul White also found that a significant number (over 20% of employees polled) preferred kind acts and services as a means of showing appreciation (Fast Company). Here are a few ways you can creatively show kindness to your team:
- Send a handwritten thank-you card
- Mark team birthdays on your calendar and send a gift when their big day comes!
- Surprise them with some paid time off
- Send a member of your team on a trip somewhere (it doesn’t have to be lavish/expensive)
- Send a gift card in recognition of a job well done
- Send them some company swag or merchandise
No matter what you decide to do to show your team that you care, it’s important that you do so with genuine gratitude and appreciation for the awesome team that you have. What are some of the ways that you show your team that you care? We would love to share more creative examples for our readers!