‘Tis the Season of Gratitude: Simple Ways to Show Employees You Care – Part 2
By Kerry Weber, Talent Acquisition Manager at ITP
There’s power in showing employees your appreciation. Glassdoor’s Employee Appreciation Survey discovered that 4 out of 5 employees are motivated to work harder when their boss conveys gratitude for their efforts.
Last month, I shared 5 ways you can show your employees how much you appreciate them. Here are 4 additional ideas for demonstrating gratitude to your hard-working team members.
Provide Creative Perks
Cool perks can set you apart among employers. They don’t have to be costly. They just need to show that you’ve thought about making your employees’ personal and professional lives a little better. Some examples:
- Company-provided food, beer, and happy hours
- Strategize over cocktails under the sun instead of in that dry conference room
- Encourage sleep and vacations
- Promote playtime at work that gets everyone engaging and having fun
- Encourage mindfulness and exercise to reduce stress, like yoga, meditation, or a mid-day walk
- Be transparent about the state of the company – and make sure they know their impact on the bottom line and overall success of the organization
- Give them a free day of PTO when they’ve gone above and beyond
Make Time for Your Employees
It’s hard for employees to feel appreciated when their leader is too busy for a simple chat. We get caught up in day-to-day projects and appear too busy for the people around us. But by holding yourself accountable to have regular conversations with your team members, employees will feel valued and respected.
Little Things Do Matter
A quick email to your team after a win or a note of encouragement during a big sale can go a long way, especially if you’re working with a limited amount of time. I try to send an email around Thanksgiving or Christmas expressing my appreciation for each member of my team. It doesn’t have to be a Jerry Maguire-style email. Just type a few sentences to explain why you value them. If you can’t think of anything you value about each employee, consider that a red flag.
Create Opportunities for New Experiences
When an employee shows interest in different aspects of the business, pay attention and accommodate them. Assist them with training or conferences if they show interest in expanding their knowledge and impact on the organization.
A Final Thought
Before your employees will care about the vision and success of the company, they need to feel that you see each of them as a person — not just an “employee” to execute your to-do list. They need to feel that their leader — and the company — is invested in them. Once you show your team how much you value them, there’s nothing they won’t strive to accomplish.
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)