Why Making Your Employees Feel like they Matter, Matters

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Sure, working from the comfort of your home in your comfiest sweats is a great work perk, but it all comes down to how valued an employee feels at work. From being trusted and empowered by their manager to getting recognition and rewards, it’s no surprise that feeling a sense of value is one of the key criteria of overall job satisfaction. 

But don’t just take my word for it. According to a Gallup report, only one in three U.S. workers “strongly agreed” they received recognition for their work in the past seven days. Furthermore, employees who didn’t get the recognition for their work were twice as likely to say they’ll quit in the next year. Now, if that’s not a clear indication for where you should be focusing as a leader or organization, I don’t know what is. 

Just think about it, your employees are your greatest asset. In other words, your business wouldn’t succeed without their passion, dedication, and hard work. Yet, far too often, I see the emphasis being placed on the shareholders or credit not given where credit is due. 

So here are 5 things you can do to change that:

  • Go beyond what’s expected — reward employees outside of the yearly anniversaries and reviews by recognizing accomplishments and hard work on team calls/meetings and surprising employees with lunches, coffee gift cards, and even extra time off. 
  • Reward hard work with fun swag — showing employees some love with company swag they get to take part in creating for reaching milestones helps recognize individual achievements, but also gives the rest of the team something fun to work toward. 
  • Cover extra expenses — whether it’s a cellphone bill, internet, or WFH office expenses, covering additional costs for your employees is another great way to make your employees feel appreciated. 
  • Invest in medical expertise onsite — if your employees are back in the office, having medical knowledge is not only a great way to help them stay safer at work, but also show your employees that you not only care about them as an organization but as a person. 
  • Allow employees to work from anywhere, anytime — although working from home has become the new normal for so many companies in the short term, for some companies making this a long-term benefit for employees who want to not only work from home but from the road, as they travel the country by RV or hang out at a remote cabin will be a game changer.

  • The equally important thing to remember about ensuring your employees feel valued is recognizing that this work is ongoing. You don’t get to just turn it on or off whenever you feel like it. If your employees give their best, you can bet they’re expecting to see the same from you in return. 

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