Without people working, a company would immediately cease to function. Since this is the case, it’s really not the best idea to take your valued employees for granted, and you should take the effort to show them that you really do appreciate what they do for your business.
Businesses which actually care about their employees best interests inherently have lower turnover rates and higher degrees of employee satisfaction. Good morale can reflect in improved performance, as well as a more satisfying degree of customer satisfaction that you might otherwise miss out on.
If employees don’t feel valued, chances are that they won’t really care much about the interests of the company beyond getting their paycheck, and will continue to be on the lookout for better opportunities.
Getting your employees to realize that you value their contributions must necessarily go beyond a few words. It will take some effort on the part of the management.
1. Award Your Employee’s Hard Work
One way that you can make your employees feel truly appreciated is by giving them awards or trophies for their hard work.
Whether it’s for their years of service to your company or to mark an employee’s consistent commitment towards teamwork, an award is something that will help an employee to realize that you see their contributions and that you recognize such efforts.
You could even have awards for things like an employee-of-the-month, but it might be better to simply give awards for performance rather than creating hierarchies among staff where there shouldn’t be.
2. Take Time To Boost Employee Morale
Taking the effort to boost employee morale tends to pay off, and so you should consider ways to do this.
It’s a good idea to create a work environment that doesn’t leave employees feeling like the place is excessively dull and boring, even if the work itself sometimes might seem that way. There are indeed various ways of going about this, so don’t hesitate to come up with something a little more creative.
This could take the form of simply sprucing up your office so that it’s more comfortable and does not feel like a conventional office. It could also include things like coming up with an employee playlist or taking everyone on a company outing in order to build stronger bonds.
If yours is a smaller business, then it’s much easier to remember and celebrate special occasions together.
3. Listen To Your Employee’s Concerns
If you want your employees to feel valued for their contributions, it’s also necessary to listen to their concerns about work and the workplace.
This means that if someone is feeling like their workload is too much for them to handle, then you should take this seriously and see what you can do. If someone is feeling under-appreciated, then it’s important to understand what can be done in order to change the way that they feel.
If you have unrealistic expectations on an employee, they should not be put in a position where they’re hesitant to tell you. It’s vital to strive towards creating a space where your employees feel safe and comfortable enough to work efficiently, as well as to make it known to the management when they do face some problem, either from feeling overworked or bored.
No matter what, it’s important to hold regular meetings and to discuss employee concerns about the workplace rather than trying to evade any potential problems.
4. Create A Safe Work Environment
A safe work environment is important for your employees to function well, and as such, you should take any complaints of harassment seriously.
Sexual harassment is in the news a lot and should be taken seriously, but it’s also important to remember that workplace harassment is not only limited to things of a sexual nature. Taking all complaints seriously and taking action against the accused is extremely pertinent if you wish to gain your employees’ trust and to demonstrate that you really do value what they do for you.
It’s common for employers and HR to try and brush aside employee complaints about harassment, especially if the accused has made a number of valuable contributions. You should not give in to the temptation to try and brush things under the rug though, for it shows employees that you really don’t care.
If someone feels unsafe or complains about active harassment of any kind, you have an obligation as an employer to do something about it.