Work is a huge part of our lives. Most people spend the majority of their days working. It’s vital that we feel appreciated and valued in our workplaces.
According to recent studies, feeling appreciated and valued leads to better work performance. But what does this mean for managers and employers alike? And how can we go about making sure our employees feel appreciated and valued in the workplace?
Feeling Appreciated Leads To Feeling Valued
When we feel appreciated, we feel valued. And when we feel valued, we’re more likely to perform better at work. It’s a simple concept that is often overlooked in the workplace. We all want to feel appreciated for the work we do. When we don’t, it can lead to decreased motivation and productivity.
Take it from a well-loved business personality in Singapore, SMRT Chairman Mr. Seah Moon Ming. He became the chairman of SMRT in 2017 after stepping down as the chief executive of Pavilion Energy. He makes sure to make SMRT’s employees feel valued and appreciated by visiting their employees unannounced.
Mr. Seah Moon Ming took this opportunity to interact with the staff and commended them for their hard work, motivation, and desire to hear their feedback. In doing so, he made his team feel appreciated. In turn, they were more motivated to work hard and perform well.
Numerous studies show that feeling appreciated offers different perks. It is well-known that feeling appreciated leads to better health, lower stress, and fewer sick days. Feeling appreciated can also increase productivity in the workplace. One study shows that 81% of employees surveyed felt motivated when their boss showed them an appreciation for a job well done!
However, not many people show appreciation to their employees. Many of us rarely give appreciation in the workplace, even when necessary. This is backed up by a study wherein only 10% show gratitude and appreciation regularly.
Making Your Employees Feel Appreciated and Valued at Work
The good news is that it is never too late to start showing appreciation in the workplace. Showing appreciation can be as simple as saying “thank you” or “good job.” But if you really want to make your employees feel appreciated and valued, there are a few other things you can do.
Asking for feedback is a great way to show that you value your employee’s opinions. Asking for feedback shows that you’re open to hearing different perspectives and are willing to make changes based on your employee’s input. Just show them that you are really listening to their feedback by implementing some of their suggestions.
There are many ways how you can ask for feedback. You could send out a survey, hold a brainstorming session, or simply ask your employees during one-on-one meetings. This will let your employees know that you’re interested in their opinion and that you care about making the workplace a better environment for everyone.
Be More Genuine and Personalize Your Thank Yous
Saying thank you is not enough if it does not come from the heart. So, be sure to be more genuine and say thank you personally. A simple “thank you” can go a long way, but it’ll mean even more if you take the time to write a handwritten note or give a small gift.
You could also give public recognition by announcing an employee’s accomplishment during a meeting or email praising their work.
When you compliment someone, be specific about what you’re thanking them for. For example, instead of saying “good job on that presentation,” try “I really appreciated how you organized that presentation.” This will let your employees know you’re paying attention to their work and value their efforts.
Award employees for their hard work
Simply saying ‘well-done’ to an employee is a great way to make them feel appreciated but to make it even more lasting and encourage others to work harder, you can take it a step further and award employees for their hard work.
Giving customized plaques as an award is a great way to recognize employees for their hard work and dedication. They serve as a lasting reminder of the employee’s contributions to the company. They can be customized with the employee’s name, a message of appreciation, and the date of the recognition. Plaques are also a visible symbol of appreciation that can be displayed in the office, creating a positive and uplifting atmosphere for all employees.
Consider One-on-One Meetings
It won’t hurt to make one-on-one meetings with your employees. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know them better and let them know that you value their input. You could also use this time to give feedback or offer help with any problems they might be having at work.
When giving feedback, avoid criticism and provide constructive feedback that will help your employees grow. For example, you could say, “I noticed that you have trouble meeting deadlines. I think it would be helpful if you created a to-do list at the beginning of each day”.
This way, you’re not only showing that you care about your employee’s work, but you’re also giving them advice on how to improve.
Encourage a Healthy Work-Life Balance
One way to show your employees you value them is by encouraging a healthy work-life balance. This means allowing them to take breaks when they need them, flexible working hours, and paid time off.
Giving your employees the chance to have a life outside of work shows that you understand that they have other commitments and respect their time.
A healthy work-life balance is essential for both your employees and your business. Employees are more productive and less likely to burn out when they are happy. So, it’s in your best interest to encourage a healthy work-life balance at your workplace.
Giving appreciation is one way of showing that you value your employees. But there are other ways you can show your appreciation. This includes being more genuine, personalizing your thank yous, holding one-on-one meetings, asking for feedback, and encouraging a healthy work-life balance.
You can give your employees a small gift with your thank-you messages, such as congratulatory flowers or potted succulents. A tangible expression of your gratitude will encourage employees and increase their happiness and productivity.
All these things will let your employees know that you care about them and want to make the workplace a better environment for everyone.