In one of our recent polls on LinkedIn, we discovered that the biggest reason why people leave their job is ‘Feeling Undervalued’. Ensuring that people feel valued and respected in the workplace is crucial. Happy employees will perform better and enjoy their work, it’s a no-brainer.
On a basic level, we feel that showing gratitude and making people feel valued is easy. When you consider all of the different ways you can show appreciation, we found it hard to believe that many businesses are still getting this wrong.
There are different levels to showing gratitude, and depending on what type of business you are in, may depend on the number of feasible initiatives that you can adopt.
We have put together this blog using initiatives that we use internally, including those used by our fantastic clients.
Compensation strategies & benefits
This can take many forms:
-Earning extra annual leave
-Monetary bonuses based on goals
-Vouchers for internal awards and initiatives
Recognition – often overlooked
Make people feel valued and comment on good work and success. Do this one-to-one or in a group, setting to encourage others to recognise someone’s achievements. Being recognised by your peers can increase motivation and make for a happier workplace.
Feedback is an extension of giving recognition. It is valuable to offer people both positive and constructive feedback. In doing this, you are making the person feel valued and considered. If you are giving constructive feedback it shows that you are invested in the person’s development. Don’t give feedback to simply criticise someone’s work with no resolution.
Invest in their continued development
Learn about the person’s career goals and determine what steps are required to get them there. Doing this goes one step further, showing you care about their aspirations.
Set challenges that give responsibility
Giving responsibilities for large tasks will show that you trust the person and lift their confidence.
Solicit their opinion
Utilising someone’s views and ideas and involving them in business decisions will show you value their opinion and trust their decision-making.
Simple things like saying “thank you” can lift a person. You can do this verbally or via text. You don’t need to be a large business to show your employees that you value them.
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