As an employer, you know how detrimental turnover can be to your company. You don’t want to lose employees, but you aren’t sure of a magic formula that can make them stay. While there isn’t a secret key to keeping them and occasionally some will leave, there is an easy imitative that can reduce turnover: employee appreciation. Here are 10 ideas your staff will enjoy to get you started.
1. Thank you notes
Sometimes the simplest solution is one of the best. When your employee deserves thanks, don’t just say it or shoot off an email. Take the time to specifically acknowledge what they did in a handwritten note. It may be more old fashioned, but your employee will appreciate the effort.
2. Celebrate birthdays
This is a great way to bring your team together, provide them with a treat, and make sure they know they’re noticed. Depending on your team size, you can do it individually or monthly, just don’t forget the card!
3. Peer-to-peer recognition
Appreciation doesn’t need to come from only the top. Give your team a way that they can celebrate each other.
4. Team recognition
You want to acknowledge individuals, but you don’t want to neglect the efforts of a team. Celebrate and recognize their milestones and what they’ve been able to accomplish. Not only are you encouraging them, but you’re also providing insight for other teams to learn more.
5. Surprise treats
Birthday celebrations are a must, but there’s also value in a surprise treat in the breakroom from time to time just to say thank you and I appreciate you. Think about donuts, bagels, pizza, cookies, or anything else your staff will enjoy.
6. Acknowledge anniversaries
Don’t let a work anniversary pass without at least saying something to an employee. Even if it’s not a major milestone, just a simple congrats and thanks will let them know you see them.
7. Staff lunches
Take the time to have lunch as a staff, whether it’s on-site or off. This is a great way to bring people together, reward your team, and get to know them better.
8. Additional training
Investing in their professional development is an excellent way to show your employees they’re appreciated. You’re telling them they’re worth the investment.
9. See what they do outside of work
Celebrating accomplishments on-the-job is important, but don’t forget to see what they’re doing outside the office. Whether it’s volunteer work or personal accomplishments, pay attention and let them know you value all they contribute, not just what happens inside your company.
10. Mentor programs
Similar to training, setting up mentor programs is a way to help advance careers. If you start by pairing new team members with seasoned leaders, you’re already showing appreciation from day one.
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