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These Tips Will Help Ensure Your Employees Feel Valued

Who doesn’t want to feel valued? It’s human nature, in life and at work. Employees who feel they are a valuable part of your business have greater motivation, loyalty, productivity, and innovation.

There are numerous research studies to prove it. To cite just a few recent statistics:

  • Sixty-five percent of employees who are recognized for their work are highly unlikely to look for a new job.
  • Forty percent of employed Americans would put more energy into their work if they were recognized more often.
  • A lack of recognition is driving 44 percent of employees to switch jobs.
  • Consistency is Key

    It’s important not to drop the ball when consistently reminding your employees how valuable they are to you and your business. After all, where would you be without them? Don’t let recognition be a Flavor of the Month. Instead, embed it into your culture. There are several steps you can take with just a little extra effort in your day.

  • Shift into a positive mindset – and stay there. It can be easy to fall into a pattern of only calling out negative behaviors, especially when deadlines are looming. But the best leaders find and focus on the positive. Even if it’s just a small step forward, acknowledge and encourage progress and work well done. Just a slight shift in your thinking can make a significant impact.
  • Ask employees for their input. This is a true win-win, as you can gain new perspectives, insights, and solutions to problems from a new viewpoint. And, your people will feel more valued and have a stronger sense of ownership in your company and their part in helping it succeed.
  • Reward results appropriately. For smaller yet still significant achievements, your recognition can be a quick but sincere email or a small gift. And of course, for bigger accomplishments, increase the reward accordingly. And tailor whatever you do to the individual and their preferences. Make it heartfelt – don’t just give a person a gift certificate to a restaurant; find out what their favorite restaurant is, and choose that one. You get the idea.
  • Show that you care about employees’ growth. Remove any barriers and facilitate their professional development in any way possible. Even if this may mean you lose them to another department, they will feel more loyal and valued.
  • And show that you care about their physical, social, and emotional well-being. This proves that your care about them personally, not just about the results they create.
  • Give them a break. Allow employees time to pause – first to celebrate their work and rejuvenate their energy and spend time with family and friends.
  • Celebrate milestones. Valuing your employees means also valuing the experience, insight, and contributions they’ve made while being a part of your team. So, celebrate service anniversaries and similar professional milestones.
  • For additional ideas on making your employees feel valued every day at work, and continuing to grow and develop your winning workforce, contact the PrideStaff Modesto team today.

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