There’s a lot to be said for leaders who love their people. When employees feel secure, appreciated and cherished, they rarely look for outside opportunities. And why would they?
Awards – Reward and recognize your staff regularly. Employee of the Month, Best Dressed, Go-Getter—you name it and then make an award for it. It can be as simple as creating a certificate or purchasing a plaque. Just let your employees know you appreciate their hard work and excellence.
Gifts – These don’t have to be anything fancy. But if an employee seems super stressed out or someone has gone above and beyond his or her normal job duties, give them a little something to let them know that you care. A Starbucks gift card or fresh baked good will usually do the trick.
Outings – Take your employees out to lunch or attend a community event with them. Let them know you’re interested in their lives outside the walls of the office. Get to know them on a personal level—what makes them tick, what are their goals, etc.
Birthday salutes – Put your team members’ birthdays in a calendar and keep track of them. Wish them a happy birthday, get them a card and give them something sweet as a special treat. They’ll love that you remembered and took special notice of their special day.
Verbal and handwritten compliments – It takes less than a minute to thank an employee for a job well done—and a handwritten note adds the perfect personal touch.
While these tactics may be modest, they can make a profound difference in your business and the relationships you create.
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