November is a great time to show your appreciation and gratitude for all the good things in your life. And that includes your employees! After all, your employees are your most valuable asset. Without them, your company wouldn’t be able to accomplish goals. And good employees are really tough to replace. So, show them you appreciate them and value all their hard work. Not only will it make them feel respected and appreciated, but it’ll also help to boost morale and keep your employees loyal.
Here are seven ways to give back to your employees.
Say thank you
Yes, it’s just that simple. And you can do this in a variety of ways. You can pull each individual aside and thank them for their efforts. You can write a thank you note or send a quick email. Just make sure you sound sincere and include something specific that you’re thankful for; this way they know you’re really paying attention to what they do.
Offer some free food
Everyone loves free food! You don’t have to do it every day, of course, but try bringing in donuts, pizza, cookies, or even a catered lunch now and then. If you do it too often, it won’t be special, but once a month or so could be plenty. It also gives your employees a chance to socialize and bond. Just make sure you accompany the freebies with a few words thanking everyone for their hard work, so they see the connection.
Encourage work-life balance
No one wants to be overworked! In fact, overworked employees can actually make more mistakes and be counterproductive and time-consuming. So encourage your employees to take personal time (with pay) when they need to or give them the opportunity to work from home every once in a while. Without the freedom to handle personal matters, your employees will suffer undue stress.
Celebrate major holidays
And speaking of personal time, major holidays are a good excuse to have a little party and relax a little. You don’t have to do anything major, just a small party or a potluck lunch—a chance to boost everyone’s moods and enjoy coming to work.
Get to know your employees, more than just a simple hello in the morning. Be approachable and have an open-door policy that encourages them to come in when they have a question, concern, or reason to celebrate. Find out about who they are—their families, their hobbies, and their professional ambitions.
Have a party
Whether it’s celebrating a team achievement, a goal that you’ve met, or just appreciating hard work, a party never hurt anyone. Use it to recognize an individual or team successes.
Whether it’s company parties around the holidays, team-building activities or retreats, or something silly and low-key, traditions are a great way to boost morale and give your employees something to look forward to.
For more tips giving back to your employees so that they stay motivated and loyal, contact our team today.