Do You Truly Love Your Employees?

Did you know that the average person changes jobs more than 10 times during his or her career?

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People change jobs for all sorts of reasons – including switching industries, moving, being offered a pay increase at a different company or simply not liking the company that they’re at. Here, we’re focusing on the last reason and giving you some reasons to show your employees some love.

By treating your employees well and offering a good benefit’s package, you’re more likely to keep people working for you for the long-term.

Ways to Show Appreciation

Let’s face it – without your employees, you don’t have much of a business.

Once your business starts growing, you have to hire people to take some of the workload off of your shoulders. One person can only do so much.

Your employees can either make or break your business, so it’s important to not only hire the right people, but to also keep those people working for you.

The following article, “14 Stats about Valentine’s Day (plus how to show your employees some love), shares some tips on spreading the love in the workplace.

The benefit to you is that you will have happy employees who work hard and appreciate the opportunity to work for you. There’s no better employee than a thankful one.

Ways to show employees love include thanking your team, trusting them with their own responsibilities (not micromanaging) or giving them something extra, such as freshly baked cookies or an afternoon off from work.

Other ways to show your employees that you appreciate them include:

  • Have team-building activities once a month – Usually, people at the office end up being friends with one another. A great way to foster these friendships is by hosting monthly get-togethers with all of your employees. You can take everyone to a ballgame one afternoon, invite everyone over for dinner at your place one night or go bowling on a random Wednesday afternoon.
  • Keep your employees in the loop – No one likes to attend meetings, but employees do like to feel like they know what’s going on with the company. A good idea is to host a quarterly meeting providing updates with how the company is doing, where the company is headed and what goals you’d like to accomplish over the next several months. Keeping everyone on the same page boosts employee morale and shows you appreciate their work.
  • Keep a positive attitude daily – In other words, thank your employees every day for their hard work. Let them know you appreciate what they’re doing for the company and that you wouldn’t be where you are today if it weren’t for them. Some managers bring in breakfast for their employees every Friday or host potluck lunches once a week. Take a poll and see what your employees would like from you and make sure to follow through.

By regularly showing your employees you appreciate them, you’re more likely to keep your employees for the long-term.

About the Author: Sarah Brooks is a freelance writer living in Charlotte, NC. She writes on a variety of topics including small businesses, social media and personal finance.