5 Awesome Ways to Show Your Employees Appreciation

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Without employees, your business idea would never have gotten off the ground. They are the hands, feet and wings of your dream and should be appreciated as such.

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Not only is this the human thing to do, it actually boots productivity. Happy employees work harder and are happier, which makes for better serviced customers.

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In this blog post, we’ll look at 5 ways you can show your employees just how awesome and appreciated they are.

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#1 The private shout-out

Employees need to know that their hard work is not going unnoticed. If you have an employee who consistently turns in good work, shows up on time and has a positive attitude, send them a message thanking them for all they do. This small but meaningful gesture will make your employee feel valued and appreciated which will result in them continuing to work hard.

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#2 The public shout-out

For those employees who go above and beyond the call of duty, give them a public shout-out. This can be as simple as a company-wide email highlighting their achievements or as flashy as presenting them with an award at the next company meeting. Don’t take your top performers for granted. If you want them to continue performing at such a high caliber, make sure they know their hard work is appreciated.

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#3 The employee appreciation party

Every employee, no matter how big or small their position, is a valuable part of you company. Why not throw an employee appreciation party to honor the work they’ve done? You can recognize all your employees while giving special awards to the top performers.

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#4 The paid meal

There’s nothing sweeter than a free lunch (or breakfast). It’s another small but kind gesture that really does boost employee morale. Treat them to bagels/donuts or coffee for breakfast. Order pizza for lunch, set up a taco bar or throw a company potluck.

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#5 The half day Friday

Not every company is in a position to do this one, but if possible, surprise your employees with a paid half-day. After everyone is back from lunch or a few hours before closing, send out an email thanking everyone for their hard work all week. Then tell them to go home and watch smiles and high-fives explode around the office.

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In conclusion

Your employees make your dream a reality every day. Don’t take them for granted. Praise them often and watch them thrive.

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“I have always believed that the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers, and that people flourish when they are praised.”

Sir Richard Branson

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