‘Tis the Season of Gratitude: Simple Ways to Show Employees You Care – Part 1
By Kerry Weber, Talent Acquisition Manager at ITP
Do you find it difficult to personally connect with your employees while still maintaining a position of authority? I think the trick is to simply show them you care.
Employees who feel valued and appreciated by their leaders are infinitely more likely to go above and beyond for the company and hold themselves accountable for their work.
Most importantly, they’ll be happier in their roles. If leaders disregard the importance of connecting with employees, they lose the benefit of a dedicated, long-term team.
Here are 5 ways you can demonstrate gratitude and appreciation for your employees.
Help with Personal Issues
It isn’t enough to simply assist your employees with work issues. A great leader should keep their eyes open for ways to help out with personal issues as well.
I’m reminded of this example. An employee had a hard time finding a place to rent, and the employer saw her frustration every day. Instead of throwing money at the problem, the manager went to the apartment complex where she wanted to live and talked to the manager.
She got a spot within a week. To this day, that employee knows her boss would do anything in their power to support her. It created a loyalty that’s hard to break and invaluable in a business relationship.
Be Real with Them
Relate to your employees on a human level by sharing your own experiences and struggles. When you sense an employee’s having a problem, think about something similar that you’ve gone through. Share with the employee how you did or didn’t overcome the situation.
As a leader, employees sometimes place you on a pedestal. Putting yourself on their level by showing your own vulnerability and imperfections helps employees overcome their own challenges.
Care About Their Personal Lives
Let your team know that you don’t just see them as worker bees. While you shouldn’t be chiming in about your employee’s new boyfriend/girlfriend or meeting up for an all-night drinking binge, it’s completely possible to show you care about your employee’s personal life without being creepy.
For example, if an employee cancels a vacation or postpones a honeymoon due to workload, why not set up a date night for the employee and their significant other? Or even give them an extra few days off when time allows, at your expense.
Show Interest in Their Significant Others
I’ve always been baffled by companies that don’t allow significant others at work events, like Christmas parties. Why would you not want to include your employee’s #1 supporter?
Work is a lot easier when you have support at home, so you want your employee’s partner to know they are appreciated too.
Back Them Up with Clients
If an employee complains about a client treating them poorly, look into the situation and try to manage it – even fire the client if necessary. It doesn’t matter how much a client is paying you — if you have talented employees who know you have their back, you’ll be rewarded with a higher return than your biggest client could ever offer you.
Stay tuned for part 2 of ‘Tis the Season of Gratitude: Simple Ways to Show Employees You Care in December.
About the Author
Kerry Weber is ITP’s Talent Acquisition Manager. She has 20 years’ experience in the staffing industry with expertise in sourcing, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring candidates for IT, leadership, and operations roles. She can be reached at and on Twitter (@ihirenerds)