It is no secret that a lot of aspects have changed in the business world over the years, and companies must consistently seek ways to adjust to the current environment. However, despite these changes, some fundamental principles are still at play today and must be adhered to for success. One of the most critical channels for long-term prosperity is appreciating employees and making them feel valued. This has become harder to achieve as companies today are ever facing stiff-neck competition, and lots of focus is placed on attaining core competence. Consequently, the backbone of business operations, which is the employee input, can be often ignored. The result has been a modern workforce that does not have the level of attachment that many companies desire from their top performers.
Studies have shown that one of the reasons why a significant percentage of employees are not happy at their current work station is lack of appreciation. Ultimately, this mandate falls squarely on the shoulders of the top management and enterprise owners, to build up a culture of loyalty. At the mention of appreciating employees, many enterprises instantly think of monetary incentives, such as bonuses. The truth is that while no employee will ever turn down an extra payment for their excellent performance, this is not the only way to say we value your input. There are lots of other sustainable and more exciting ways that employees can be recognized today and these include;
- Surprise treats. Employees are a company’s lifeblood, and at times what it takes to make them feel appreciated is a surprise treat. Every day workers report to their stations and are busy handling various responsibilities without lots of breaks. It is possible to break this monotony by treating them with a special lunch, dinner, or dessert on the least expected day. This is never an expensive venture but is one that is guaranteed to make everyone happy and to raise team morale.
- Business gala dinner. As an established company, it is vital that you use every opportunity to make the right statement, and for employee recognition, it can be through a gala dinner. Essentially, this is where you throw a big party at a strategic time and get to invite your clients, investors, and importantly your employees. Unlike those meetings where these groups typically meet, it is a night filled with great food, drink, and lots of entertainment. The speeches offer the perfect platform to shower your employees with praises and congratulate the top achievers. Gala dinners provide a win-win scenario as they are also occasions to enhance market visibility as a brand.
- Recognizing exemplary performance with awards. We all feel good when we are given a part on the back, and employees deserve recognition when they achieve milestones. While there is nothing wrong with sending a special thank you card or email to the employee, you can always take this a notch higher by heading to the trophy shop. This will provide a suitable channel where the message of gratitude or area of performance is presented in a unique way. Trophies and plaques are special as they are a timeless reminder that the company appreciates the worth and input of its workforce.
The best part about opting to celebrate employees by awarding them with trophies is this becomes a link to challenging everyone to deliver their best. Trophies can also be used to celebrate milestones in lots of areas such as exemplary leadership, top sales teams, long-serving employees, and top-performing department. The essence of giving out trophies is to make it clear that in the company, employees are more than a means to an end but highly valuable team players.
It is important to celebrate employees in every way possible as, without them, a company can never rise to attain excellence. Even for enterprises that have gone out of the line to hire the best brains in the field, these efforts can always be enhanced by continually showing appreciation. Employees need to be appreciated for all their winnings and accepted into a larger team where their services are not taken for granted. In doing this, a business will have the backing of an energetic and highly motivated team that will ever be ready to walk the miles and achieve much more.