Having a connection or a bond with your employees helps make for a better workplace. A healthy workplace has people working together and feeling appreciated. Gratitude and appreciation from the company have proven to boost morale to a considerable level. This is why many big companies have award nights to give recognition to their employees.
“A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.”
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Everyone likes being acknowledged. When hard work is recognized, it helps motivate us to work even harder. It is always nice to hear that you are doing a good job from the people whose opinions you value.
As a boss or leader, your opinion matters to your employees. If you take the time to correct them on their mistakes, you should also take time to thank them for a job well done.
“ ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.”
– Alice Walker
As a small business, you might not have the budget to throw a big award function, but sometimes a verbal acknowledgment is all people need. Words of encouragement and appreciation are often enough and work as fuel for people.
Not only by words, but you can also show actionable gratitude with small gestures. Saying ‘thanks’ doesn’t have to be fancy. Give them a day or a half-day off at random, arrange team bonding activities on Friday evenings, throw a doughnut party at breakfast. It is often small gestures that make the most impact.
Appreciation and gratitude can be the morale boost that your employees need. We all seek validation and acknowledgment of a job well done is the validation that hard-working employees deserve. Don’t shy away from giving praises and random acts of gratitude.
“When a manager recognizes an employee’s behavior, personally and sincerely, both feel proud, gratified, and happy. There’s a human connection that transcends the immediate culture to create a shared bond. The power of this bond is stronger than you might think; indeed, it’s the power that holds together great organizational cultures.”
– Erik Mosley and Derek Irvine