Employers want to consistently try new ways of reinvigorating their employees and building a more dynamic corporate culture. One simple way is focusing on “thanks” and recognition. Saying “thank you” not only leads to more happy employees but employees who are more engaged, motivated and loyal to you as their employer. Here are 10 ways to create a culture of recognition, and make your employees happier:
1. Thank your employees every day
Employees want to feel appreciated in the workplace. Recognizing your employees at work not only increases their happiness at the office, but also at home.
2. Foster friendships at work
Research has shown that employees’ work relationships matter to their quality of life. Work friendships inspire and motivate employees, and make them feel more loyal and connected to their company. Encourage friendships at work, and you’ll create a happier employee who’s more productive and committed in the workplace.
3. Pay attention to the needs of your employees
Some managers are more task-focused than people-focused. Instead of looking at their employees and their needs, they’re looking at their to-do lists. Make it a priority to notice and truly see how your employees are feeling. By keeping your head up, you’re not only in a better position to see and acknowledge your employees’ needs, but also their contributions, which puts you in a much better position to reward their work.
4. Nurture your company’s culture
Your company’s culture should inspire your employees to achieve great things. A healthy company culture is the most powerful way to find, build, and retain an engaged, high-performing workforce. Choose values that define your company, and then encourage your employees to express those values in their everyday behaviour.
5. Encourage employees to celebrate each other
Give your employees the opportunity to congratulate and thank each other for their work. A culture of recognition will emerge if supported by management.
6. Create better leaders
People don’t leave companies, they leave their bosses. Managers should set expectations, identify emerging leaders and support their growth through mentoring and training. Encourage your leaders to thank their teams often and, in turn, encourage the same behaviour among employees.
7. Show empathy
The importance of humanity in the workplace can’t be overstated. It’s one of the critical components of developing and retaining employees because we have an incredible need for acknowledgement and compassion. Listen, support and protect your employees, and encourage the same behaviour among all teams.
8. Prolong the honeymoon
Newly recruited employees love their jobs, are more engaged and feel appreciated and acknowledged at work. However, after passing the one-year mark, these feelings tend to wane. Make every year feel like the first year. Recognize and appreciate your employees as often as possible so their enjoyment and engagement in the job starts high and stays high.
9. Unite your team
A multigenerational workforce calls for an adaptable culture that is functional for a variety of different styles and approaches. Understanding people’s motivations and work styles, and being sure to make room for all of them in a united workplace, will help you make great strides in energizing your team.
10. Give Thank-You gifts
Everyone loves receiving gifts. So why wouldn’t the same apply in the workplace? Giving a gift with tangible value (e.g., a choice of merchandise or gift card) will, in turn, improve the employees’ engagement, motivation and happiness.