“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”–William Arthur Ward
When was the last time you thanked an employee for their work? Managers often assume that incentive programs are enough to make staff members feel appreciated. Others assume their employees are simply doing their jobs and don’t need recognition for everyday tasks.
Recent studies associate higher levels gratitude with greater happiness, financial decision making and problem solving skills. Just last year, an economic working paper linked happiness with productivity.
Here are some inexpensive but meaningful ways to raise your staff members spirits and let them know you value their hard work:
Offer flex time: determine what your core work hours are – when everyone must be in the in the office in order to get the work done that needs to be done – and then allow your staff to work around that schedule. For example, if you find that most of your customer service calls come in from 7 a.m. to noon, let your CS reps work from 7 a.m. to noon and then give them some flexibility in the afternoon.
Reserve special parking: if any of your staff members carpool, offer special parking spaces for those who share the ride to work. These spaces could be employer-paid (if employees must pay for parking) or special spots near your office’s front door.
Give stuff away: offer free snacks such as sodas, bottled water, crackers, dried fruit, pretzels, chips, etc. in the break room. Disperse free movie tickets, restaurant meals, etc. to employees once a month at random. Have a local massage therapist come in to do free 15-minute massages.
Shorten summer hours: Even getting off at 4 p.m. instead of 5 p.m. could be a great benefit to employees – more time at the pool with the kids!
Accumulate paid time off: If you’re not already doing so, offer employees a “bank” of paid time off that could be used for vacation and sick days (instead of designating so many days as vacation time and so many as sick time).
Reward long-term employees: Offer sabbaticals of one or two months to employees who have worked for you for five years or more.
Provide access to a service: contract with a dry cleaning company to provide pick up and drop off services on-site for your employees. Contact an auto repair shop to provide on-site oil and filter change services.
Write a thank you note: a hand-written note of acknowledgement is almost a lost art. Saying thank you to those who make your worklife easier is meaningful, personal and encouraging.
Come up with creative and low-cost ways to show your employees how much you appreciate them. If you need skilled and reliable workers for your business, contact a Professional Staffing Group recruiter today.