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Five Simple Ways to Make Your Employees Feel Valued

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If your company or business is suffering from high employee turnover, it’s likely that you aren’t making your employees feel valued.

The word valued is defined by Oxford Languages as “considered to be important or beneficial; cherished.” Good employees work day-in and day-out to push the efforts of your business forward. They deserve to feel like they are an important part of your team and your company’s greater mission.

In today’s blog, we’ve rounded up the top five things you can do to make your employees feel valued.

Give Feedback

Oftentimes, managers remember to give constructive feedback when something goes wrong. But, it’s equally as important to give good feedback when something goes right. Your employees need a balanced level of both positive and constructive feedback. 

Celebrate Milestones

From birthdays and anniversaries to being the highest seller and landing a new client, employees feel important when their wins are celebrated. Something as simple as department birthday lunches or a round of applause at staff meetings can go a long way. 

Offer Flexibility

After a year like 2020, employees value flexibility now more than ever. By allowing your team flexibility, you’re showing that you trust them. Whether flexibility means allowing your employees to work remotely when they want or giving them the option to come in later/earlier to fit their personal schedule, these simple adjustments are huge when it comes to retention. 

Be Open and Honest

There’s nothing worse than making your team feel like they’re on the outside of major discussions and decisions happening within the company. Be transparent with them. Share what’s being talked about in the boardroom. By being open and honest, you’re showing them that they’re just as important as the people who sign their paychecks. 

Show Interest in Them

Something else today’s employees are seeking is for their company to show interest in their personal lives. Make it a point to ask them what they did over the weekend, when their spouse and children’s birthdays are, etc. You might also consider hosting after-hours family activities or allowing them to bring their partner to the company holiday party.

It’s also important to note that everyone feels appreciated in different ways. Some employees love being showered with attention on their birthdays or anniversaries while others prefer receiving letters on their desks or complimentary emails from their boss. In our recent blog, How to Be the Empowering Leader Your Team Needs, we touched on Gary Chapman’s Five Appreciation Languages: words of affirmation, physical touch, quality time, acts of service and gifts. It’s important to know your employees’ appreciation languages so you can show them how much you value them in a way that will resonate with them.

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