Most companies spend weeks, if not months, trying to hire the right person—someone who is competent, enthusiastic and has integrity. After all, your company’s success is measured based on how your employees are performing. If we spend all this time and money finding the right person, we need to appreciate them once we’ve got them.
Thanksgiving is a time when many of us reflect on our blessings. Put your employees on your “things to be thankful” list. Letting them know how much you appreciate their efforts and how those efforts contribute to the success of your organization can make a measurable difference in their levels of loyalty.
Here are a few ways to show your appreciation:
Pay attention. The simple act of paying attention to your employees sends a strong message that you care about them.
Show appreciation verbally. Do this publicly as well as privately. When we’re praised privately we get an ego boost. When we’re praised publicly, most of us get an even bigger boost.
Write it down. Most people enjoy receiving a hand written or even personally typed note from a boss. In fact, most of them will save their note.
Be specific. Give your employees an example of something specific they did—whether it’s their teamwork or attitude, adding something specific can be particularly meaningful and motivating.
Make it personal –“Thanks to the organization for their efforts” is far less impactful on an individual level than telling an employee “thank you for taking the time to help me on this project.”