Employee Appreciation Day Should be Every Day!
Did you know that the number one reason that employees leave their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated? As a boss, it’s not just your job to make sure that goals are being met and rules are being followed. It’s your job to make sure that the employees who work for you actually want to work for you, and the biggest way to do that is to make them feel valued (which, if they’re working hard, they are!).
Efforts put towards employee appreciation is not an expense – it’s an investment. It benefits both you and them. Companies that do what they can to recognize their employees and go the extra mile have a turnover rate that’s 23% lower than companies that don’t, and those employees also report being happier at their jobs. It’s a win-win, so here are some ideas to get you started.
Flex time is not a plausible option for some companies, but for many, it is, and it really contributes to how much people like their jobs. Some people are productive early in the morning, while others feel productive later in the afternoon. Why not let them decide? Allow your employees to come in whenever they want between 7am and 11am, as long as they put in an 8-hour day. You’ll get to reap the reward of having happier, more productive employees, and they’ll enjoy their jobs that much more.
It sounds silly, but don’t cheap out on the office chairs, computers, cloud applications, or vending machine offerings. Again, it’s an investment, not an expense. Your employees aren’t going to feel appreciated if the WiFi is slow or the phones are constantly disconnecting and it makes it harder for them to be productive. Everyone wants to be comfortable at their desks. It seems like common sense, but for some companies, cutting corners seems to be more important.
Dress Code Flexibility
You don’t have to have a completely casual dress code (although, if you can, why not?), but you can be flexible. Allow your employees to wear fan gear instead of a uniform when their favorite team is playing, or have dress-down Mondays or Fridays. Some people work better when they are comfortable, and everyone likes an office that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Who doesn’t like recognition? If someone does something worth recognizing, send out a company-wide e-mail full of funny, celebratory GIFs or post a silly bulletin about it on the bulletin board. It keeps the mood light, instills a sense of pride, and gives everyone a little more incentive to do well.