Employee Appreciation Day takes place on the first Friday of March every year, so it is today!
Today is a great opportunity to show your employees how much you value them. When employees feel appreciated, they perform at their best and are less likely to leave. In fact, organizations that rate their culture of recognition highly are 3 times more likely to see increased employee retention and 2.5 times more likely to see increased employee engagement, among other benefits.
Benefits of employees’ appreciation:
1- Boosts morale and employee satisfaction
A positive company culture lifts morale and satisfaction because coworkers will make encouraging each other the norm.
2- Improves recruiting efforts
When employees are happy with their jobs, they’ll talk about it and become your first line of recruiters.
3- Decreases stress and absenteeism
A company culture of appreciation reduces tension and makes people want to show up and do their jobs with verve.
4- Increases employee retention
Satisfied employees tend to stay; people enjoy stability mixed with the right amount of variation and room for personal growth and development.
5- Improves employee productivity
Happy employees want to keep their jobs and understand that amazing productivity and results protect their livelihood and support the overall health of the company.
Appreciate your employees because they deserve it!
There’s no better time than Employee Appreciation Day to start putting things into practice. We will showcase reasons why employees should be appreciated. Worth noting that an appreciation culture is a culture of quality.
Nearly all employees are committed to their jobs. Excusing those with serious psychological problems, employees at a workplace are generally committed to getting their tasks done on time. This is why late-sitting cultures developed around the world as people worked hard round the clock to achieve their organization’s culture. Unfortunately, though, their commitment is often taken for granted and they are never given the due acknowledgment that they deserve.
Despite that, they never complain and always work hard to prove themselves. So, cut your employees some slack and try to appreciate them with kind messages. Do not, however, restrict these comments only to those who stay late or those who work over the weekend.
On a positive attitude
Positivity is a rare trait that very few acquire. People are usually pessimistic, sarcastic, rude, or downright difficult when it comes to dealing with team members. This causes a negative impression in the organization, and an otherwise happy atmosphere becomes filled with negativity, grudges, and frustration. That being said, companies should learn to train negative employees to move towards positivity while appreciating people with positive behavior. Note though, that this shouldn’t be given just because an employee is happy-go-lucky, but rather when their positivity has helped calm a crisis, solved a problem, or gotten the company through a tough time.
On excellent teamwork
Organizations are no longer working on a solo basis. People are increasingly required to work in teams and achieve common objectives and therefore, being an efficient team player is a much-demanded soft skill. If you’ve got employees who work exceptionally well in a team and have achieved the admiration of their team members, you need to appreciate their skills.
Excellent management skills
Managing tasks, deadlines, and people, and juggling through the day requires excellent management skills. If you’ve got employees who are able to simplify processes, align tasks, and ensure a smooth process, then you’ve got a gold star.
Happy Employee Appreciation Day!