How to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude Towards Employees

Author: Paul Wolfe, SVP of Human Resources at Indeed

Many companies plan to boost employee engagement in 2019. With benefits for both employees and employers, the strategy is easy to understand. What’s more, a strong employee recognition program can set your company apart in a tight job market.

At Indeed, we find that demonstrating pride in our employees leads them to take pride in our company. A human-centric approach creates a company culture that puts workers first. Employees are more likely to trust (and feel trusted by) companies that recognize their value.

Paul Wolfe, SVP of Human Resources at Indeed
Putting employees first can also pay big dividends to the bottom line– a strong connection exists between employee trust and company performance. Companies with high degrees of worker trust consistently outperform in terms of productivity, innovation and retention. Happier employees also contribute to a positive company culture.

That positive culture can stretch far beyond the office walls. When job seekers research your company on social media and third-party review sites – something nearly everyone does these days – they will see positive feedback from your employees. This sets your company apart from the crowd and can help attract top talent to your organization.

Creative ways to show you care

When you recognize the value your employees bring, you demonstrate the company’s values of gratitude and appreciation. Don’t just assume employees already know you think they are amazing, show them. Here are some ideas to help you acknowledge employee contributions:

·        Reserve a designated “thank you” time during staff meetings – This provides a chance for managers and team members to express gratitude towards each other.

·        Implement a weekly email “shout-out” campaign – Spread recognition of top performers to the entire firm on weekly basis.

·        Recognize individual successes with quarterly awards – Prizes for notable achievements and employees who consistently give 110% cannot be overvalued.

·        Provide special well-being perks to all – Ideas include reimbursing employees for fitness classes, books or purchases of apps that promote healthy living. Provide periodic yoga classes, chair massages or meditation sessions.

·        Plan special team celebrations after wrapping up a big project – Consider generational differences and crowdsource ideas so employees get something they really want.

·        Arrange annual team retreats packed with fun activities.

When companies celebrate their employees, everyone wins. Employees are happier. There is less burnout and turnover. We have seen myriad bottom-line benefits from on-going employee appreciation programs at Indeed. Recognition truly transforms workers, teams and companies.  

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