How to show staff appreciation and improve staff retention

Staff Appreciation day is coming up on the 6th March 2020. This is an unofficial holiday observed internationally on the first Friday in March.

This day was created for companies to thank their employees for their hard work and effort throughout the year, with the intention of strengthening the bond between employer and employee.

While we agree that this is a great occasion to celebrate and thank our staff, we don’t believe that appreciation should only be shown on this day. Rather it  should become  standard practice to thank employees regularly. This means letting  employees know that their companies care for them and seek to promote their happiness in the workplace.

You can also get in touch with what you appreciate from your co-workers at work. While every employee has different needs for appreciation, your own needs can serve you well as a starting point.

So what are some really great ways to express your appreciation to employees and co-workers? Why don’t you go ahead and make their day?

  1. Praise a job well done. Identify the specific actions that you found admirable. This praise feels sincere since you took the time to spell out details—not just, “You did a good job.” You also emphasize the actions that you’d like to see the employee do more often and everybody benefits when people experience clear direction.
  2. Say thank you.Show your appreciation for their hard work and contributions. And, don’t forget to say please often as well. Social niceties do belong at work. A more gracious, polite, civilized workplace is appreciated by all.
  3. Learn your co-workers’ interests.Questions and acknowledgments about their family, their hobby, their weekend or a special event they attended are always welcome. Your genuine interest—as opposed to being nosey—causes people to feel valued and cared about.
  4. Offer flexible scheduling.If work coverage is critical, post a calendar so people can balance their time off with that of their coworkers. (Note that a flexible work schedule is a benefit that employees desire all of the time.)
  5. Present a personalized gift. Know your coworker’s interests well enough to present a small gift occasionally. An appreciated gift and the gesture of providing it will light up your coworker’s day. A greeting card serves the same purpose. You can give a card for no reason at all, to celebrate a special day such as a birthday, or to offer sympathy when a coworker is ill or experiences a family death. 
  6. Give financial incentives.End of the year bonuses, attendance bonuses, quarterly bonuses, and gift certificates say “thank you” quite nicely.
  7. Treat them to a meal.Take coworkers or staff to lunch for a birthday, a special occasion or for no reason at all. Let your guest pick the restaurant. Or, order pizza or lunch from a caterer or a store that delivers. Schedule a brunch for a team that has met its current goals and over-delivers on its promised timeline.
  8. Bring in little surprises.Offerings such as cookies or cupcakes, particularly anything that you’ve baked personally, are a huge hit. Another hit? Bring chocolate—chocolate anything.
  9. Provide opportunity for advancement. People want chances for training and cross-training. They want to participate in a special committee where their talents are noticed. They like to attend professional association meetings and represent your organization at civic and philanthropic events. Do you currently have only your executives attending these events? Spread the wealth of opportunity to all employees. They will genuinely appreciate the opportunities.

Here some great ideas to do on Staff Appreciation day:

Employee appreciation is never out-of-place. In fact, in many organizations, it’s often a scarce commodity. Make your workplace the exception. Use every opportunity to demonstrate your gratitude and appreciation to employees.

On the day of Staff Appreciation itself, why not go that extra mile and do something fun that your staff will really enjoy? Think “out the box”- what about drawing names for a secret gift exchange?

What about matching up departments or people who don’t normally work together, and doing some fun team builds which are a great morale booster?

Fun foods are always a winner!

Whatever you decide on, don’t forget to cater for the occasion with some delicious snacks and treats. Why not call on Moments to bring our mobile bar or parlour directly to your workplace, doing the full set up for you, no mess, no fuss. Choose amongst one of our many dessert, beverage or food options. Some typical hits for work events include milkshakes, coffee, smoothies, mini doughnuts and ice cream. Go that extra step and even custom brand it to portray your company and a personalised message to your staff.

Take advantage of Moments Corporate special for 2020. If you book 2 events with Moments, you can get the 3rd event FREE on us. This offers you a major cost saving. View T&C’s here and send us your enquiry today by clicking here.

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