Employees are a vital part of any business. Without employees, businesses would not have a backbone, however, it is easy for employees to feel undervalued, unappreciated, unnoticed, and unincluded. Not only is this unfair considering the great contributions to a business’s reputation and brand employees give, it is also terrible for morale and can contribute to high staff turnover.
How can businesses stop this from happening?
Making sure that employees feel valued is one of the most important things that someone can do for their business, and this piece will discuss some of the ways in which employers can make employees feel valued within the workplace.
Recognize Employees Good Work
It is often tempting for employers to only offer criticism when it comes to feedback of any kind of work or contribution when it would be more beneficial to point out to employees what is going well, what has exceeded expectations, and what the company would welcome more of. This helps the self-esteem of employees, boosts office morale, and lets employees know what a great job has been done, rather than just hearing the focus on criticisms.
Another way for employers to recognize employees that continuously produce good work or ideas that benefit the company is to offer a bonus or a pay rise.
Whichever way the employer chooses, it is important for employees to feel valued and motivated in their role.
Give Employees Requested Benefits
Another great way to make employees feel valued is to make sure employees feel heard. If there are reasonable requests and benefits that will improve the workplace and improve employee morale, consider providing them.
Meeting an employee’s needs will help them work more efficiently and, in turn, will result in a higher quality work production.
Listen to Employees
Listening to employees is right up there in one of the golden rules of being an employer, and that is no surprise. One of the top ways to make someone feel valued is by listening to them, and the workplace is no exclusion for this.
It is also important for employers to remember that not one size fits all when it comes to experiences, expectations, and needs.
Workplace diversity will understandably bring up diverse needs, and diversity & inclusion go hand in hand. Listening to employees will ensure that no one feels left out or neglected.
Say Thank You
It is simple enough and somehow very easy to forget, saying thank you to employees goes a long way. It is true that they are being paid to be there, that being said, it is also true that employees have the choice to work anywhere else and instead have chosen to contribute to this specific business instead.
Saying thank you doesn’t need to be over the top, it can be put in a simple email or handwritten note just acknowledging the hard work that has been put into the company, as that hard work could easily be going to another competitor!