When employees feel valued, they’re more likely to remain in a job even if it’s not perfect. Increased satisfaction can lead to improved performance and reduced turnover. Employers have an incentive to ensure employees feel valued, and part of a manager’s role is to create a positive, productive environment that serves and supports team members. The results are worth it. Here are five ways to make your employees feel valued at work:
Comprehensive Onboarding: A thorough onboarding process that is streamlined and up-to-date can set the tone for an employee’s entire career at your company. New employees want to feel prepared to perform well and step into their roles with confidence.
Provide Feedback: Continual, ongoing feedback is crucial. No employee should be surprised once a year by anything they hear in an annual performance review. Issues should be discussed as they arise. This will immediately let employees know how they are doing, and how they can improve. In addition to better overall company performance, open feedback shows employees that you are invested in their success.
Solicit Employee Opinions: Management may have a bird’s eye view, but your employees are the ones in the trenches performing many of the day-to-day operations. Check in with them once in a while to see if they have any ideas for improving or streamlining processes. It’s important to understand the challenges your employees may face.
Opportunities for Recognition: Recognition comes in many forms, from a casual phone call or email to an employee praising them for a task well done, to a formal award such as “Employee of the Month.” You can also provide public praise by commending an employee in front of their teammates during a meeting or in a common area. Empowering your employees to appreciate and reward each other can feel very authentic and strengthen relationships between colleagues.
Recognizing work anniversaries shows the employer cares and is paying attention to how much time the employee has devoted to the company. Observing birthdays, sales goals, and organizational milestones are morale-boosting ways to celebrate and bring joy to the office.
Employees are essential to business success, and the more valued they feel, the harder they will work for you. These are just some of the many ways to make them feel appreciated and help you to build a strong company culture that makes your business a great place to work.