6 Ways to Show Your Employees Appreciation

As you can probably know while attracting top talent is hard retaining top talent is even harder. In fact, 43% of Canadian workers said that they would quit their job for a new one. So, what can you do to prevent your employees from leaving? We suggest showering them with appreciation.

Showing your employees a little workplace appreciation can go a long way. Not only can it help retain talent, it can also boost employee morale and leave a positive lasting impression on your leadership skills. This can be seen in a study that found 74% of people feel that great bosses praise and express appreciation for an employee's work. Therefore, to help you retain your top talent, we've come up with 6 ways to show your employees how much you appreciate them.

Employee Appreciation BBQ

Summer is officially here, which means BBQ season has arrived. We suggest that you take advantage of the nice weather and host a companywide BBQ for your employees. Take this occasion to offer your employees amazing food, drinks and fun games. Providing employees with this opportunity to eat and have fun will help them feel appreciated and boost employee happiness.

Keep the Kitchen Stocked

Show your employees how much you appreciate them by providing them with the office perk of a fully stocked kitchen. Let them know that the office kitchen is fully stocked with coffees, teas and snacks, as you want them to have a place to unwind and relax. Investing in this type of kitchen will show employees that while you appreciate their hard work, you understand that sometimes they may need a break.

Gift Cards

Letting employees know on a regular basis that they're doing a great job is a good way to recognize employees for all their hard work. But, sometimes employees need a little extra incentive to keep morale high. That's why we suggest showing employee appreciation in a tangible way - give employees a gift card.

When you notice a certain employee has been going above and beyond, reward this employee with a gift card to let them know that you have taken notice and appreciate their hard work. We recommend tailoring the gift card to each employee. For example, if your employee loves food, give them a gift card to a restaurant. This will show them that not only do you care about the work they put into your company but what their interests are as well.

Use Social Media

Your employees work hard to make your business a success. So, an interesting employee appreciation program that is sure to make an impact is choosing an employee to feature on social media each month. To feature the employee, make sure to post their photo on your company's social media account and tag them.

The chosen team member should be someone who did an exceptional job during that work month. This will result in the featured employee feeling proud of their accomplishments and appreciated for their hard work.

Summer Hours

Your employees work hard all year round! Let them know how much you appreciate their hard work by providing them with summer Fridays. What are Summer Fridays? Summer Fridays are when companies let their employees leave early on Fridays in the summer.

Providing these summer hours will positively impact your relationship with your employees. This is because employees will see that you appreciate their hard work and care about their work-life balance, resulting in a more productive workforce.

Update Office Equipment

If you have employees who have been working for you for a long time, they may have old technology or office equipment that is not up to date. Show employees that you appreciate their hard work by providing them with a technology upgrade. This technology upgrade could take place in the form of a new laptop, a new work phone or maybe a larger monitor.

Next, have a look at your employees' office equipment. Have you supplied your employees with an ergonomic workplace?If not, now is a perfect time. Provide employees with new ergonomic equipment such as ergonomic chairs or sit-stand workstations. Let employees know that you appreciate their hard work, so you're supplying them with new ergonomic furniture.

Are you Ready to Get Started?

Avoid being a company that loses top talent by showing your employees how much you appreciate them. We want you to keep in mind, that when you're deciding how to appreciate your employees, it's important to remember that many of your employees have different personalities, wants and needs. Therefore, employee appreciation isn't a one size fits all model. Luckily, as you have seen above there are many ways to appreciate your employees.