15 Ways to Make Your Employees Feel Valued
September 12, 2017
“But he was fine with us; what happened?” This reaction from a reference who had recommended a candidate strongly, and was surprised to learn that things were not working out.
So what did happen? Did the candidate really turn out to be unsuitable or could it have been something else?
People are inherently ego-driven. People yearn for validation. A great way to offer affirmation is by making the employee feel valued and appreciated. This builds their self-esteem and confidence.
Employees are not just ID numbers, but individuals who seek acknowledgement and recognition for a job well-done.
Here are 15 ways employees would like to receive appreciation from their boss:
1. Clear Purpose
It’s tough for employees to believe they matter to the company when the job that’s expected of them remains unclear or if they are clueless about where they fit in the whole organizational puzzle. Start with WHY. Leaders can show employees are valuable when they ensure everyone understands the key role they play in the team and why it is important for them to own their share of the load. If you leave employees in the dark, it shows disregard for their importance to the job.
2. Encourage Interdependence
Though even the most productive employees should never become indispensable, making them feel that indeed they are important will be treasured and returned in value many time over. Make them feel not just you but even their peers depend on them. Make it public that colleagues and even clients also appreciate them. This bolsters their self-worth and addresses their need to be ‘needed’.
3. Fuel Minds
Consult employees. Ask for staff opinion when discussing projects. Give each member of the team a time to speak. Have a mix of the routine and repetitive with special assignments to remove boredom, particularly if the special tasks require a different or higher level of intellectual involvement. Compliment them by conveying that you value their intelligence and ability to make optional decisions. Allow them to feel important and knowledgeable.
4. Recognize Individuality
Group rewarding like out-of-office celebrations is always rewarding and engenders team spirit but does not draw distinction between higher performers and others. It fails to reward the more deserving individuals. So without intentionally alienating the lesser contributors from the high performers in the team, devise rewards that are exclusive.
5. Accept Suggestions
Be authentic. Follow-through on employee suggestions that you’ve acknowledged and committed to implement. Let the voice from below be as important as the voice from above. Listen and give credit where it is due. It’s like ‘…2 birds with one stone’- you get improvements and you also get happy subordinates.
6. Coach and Mentor
Be intentional in coaching and mentoring employees. A leader empowers by allowing his team to learn from mistakes and to take turns in leading the pack.
7. Take a Break
Break the monotony in the workplace. Take creative walks together or take occasional casual time-outs and enjoin everyone for community-inspired activities outside the office.
8. Personalize Appreciation
“You all are doing great” is not enough. That’s too impersonal as a compliment. Personalize appreciations by every means possible to get far better results. When leaders go out of their way to show personal appreciation in the workplace, it establishes a culture of openness and boosts employee morale.
9. Personal Touch
Connect with the total person. Your staff have a life outside the office that make them unique. Their individual life experiences affect how they perform at work. Find out more about your team members than their task list and deliverables. You’ll be surprised that when you show genuine interest in what drives them or holds them back at work, they’ll see you as a caring manager and will want to see you happy with what they deliver.
10. No Doors, no walls
Being approachable builds up your image and also enables you to feel the pulse, keep tabs and monitor operations. Close out the outer office and you close yourself out too.
11. Teach Accountability
Delegate to and empower your employees. Allow them to take responsibility for their work.
12. Be the “Great” Boss
Challenge the stereotype image of the proverbial ‘Sourpuss’ critical boss. Create that example of being that much loved boss, a legacy that will survive much beyond your time.
13. Flexi-time is Friendly-time.
This perk will be really appreciated by all because everyone is entitled to live their parallel personal lives and office work should not be that all-consuming.
14. Grant Network Exposure
Give opportunities for your people to network with clients and suppliers. Employees who are given time to interact with higher level management will enrich their professional growth experience and broaden their horizon.
15. ‘Good Try’ is also commendable.
All efforts, however sincere, don’t always produce the desired results, but they must continue nevertheless. You may not always see things work out the first time around but be generous with giving ‘A’s for effort. Encourage your employees to ’Keep It Up’ by complimenting their attempts while working with them to improve their chances of hitting their goals.
The return on investing time to make employees feel valued ultimately benefits companies in many ways. Organizations that make a consistent effort to practice employee appreciation, retains highly satisfied employees who are driven to delight customers. When staff feel valued and acknowledged, it becomes natural for them to perform better at work and oftentimes even exceed your expectations.
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