8 great ways to show employees you care

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Need some fun and creative ideas on how to show employees you care about them? Here are eight of our favorites:

  1. Provide Continuing Education. Employees long to be stretched in ways that allow them to learn new skills, so take this as an opportunity to offer them the chance to further their education. Perhaps there is a certification program that many employees have been wanting to participate in, or maybe a class at a local college that will enhance their abilities to learn valuable things that are pertinent to their current roles.
  2. Offer More Time Off. Employees appreciate environments where their wellbeing is both considered and acknowledged. Knowing this, take some time to give your paid time off a second look. Perhaps there is an opportunity to switch to flex scheduling, add an extra paid holiday to the calendar, or simply allow employees to leave a bit early on Fridays—anything that lets them know that their hard work does not go unnoticed.
  3. Feed Them. Who doesn’t love good food? Keeping your employees well fed will make them both happy and productive. It’s also a surefire way to elevate your company work environment. So consider adding a snack bar to the break room, bringing in monthly catered meals, or even hosting a team cooking class.
  4. Host Events. Office Olympics anyone? How about a half-day spent at the bowling alley or catching the latest blockbuster on the big screen? Treating your employees to fun events, both in and out of the office, is a great way to build camaraderie and boost morale. Plan a few fun events throughout the year, and consider asking employees about activities in which they would be most interested.
  5. Give Personalized Gifts. Nothing says “we care about you as an individual” more than a personalized gift. This can be anything as simple as a birthday card signed by team members to let employees know that you remembered or as elaborate as an engraved plaque. By taking the time to give personalizes gifts for employees, it lets them know that the gift was both preplanned and that you went to the extra trouble of adding that special touch.
  6. Hand Out Tickets. Does your office sponsor a local sports team or have a box at the theater? If so, periodically offer the seats to employees. If not, purchase tickets on occasion to be distributed to employees for attendance at fun things going on in the community. The events are always exciting and offer employees and their families new experiences outside of the office.
  7. Hold a “Take Your Dog to Work” Day. Dog owners will appreciate this instant boost of morale. Hosting the event (even monthly) is a great stress-reliever for employees, and employees who are less stressed perform better. Furthermore, millennials are increasingly attached to their pooches and will look for dog-friendly places to work (this is particularly important as they will make up the majority of the workforce within the next several years).
  8. Celebrate Personal Milestones. In addition to shared victories, it’s important to celebrate personal milestones with employees, like the birth of a child, completing a marathon, or finishing a Master’s program. Doing so will show employees that they are cared about as individuals and that they are not just workers to the company.

Given the fact that less than half of employees say they always feel appreciated at work, it’s essential to put in the time to ensure that your employees know you recognize their hard work.

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