It has been often scientifically proven that reward and punishment are two of the most powerful techniques to alter behaviours of humans and animals alike. We all like being appreciated, and appreciation is a form of reward. It is an emotional reward which brings a feeling of joy and enthusiasm to the person being appreciated.
An employee is no different; any person working in an office craves appreciation from his seniors or bosses. It gives him satisfaction that he and his work are liked and respected by his superiors. This in turn instils a feeling of self-worth, satisfaction and a desire to do even better.
Therefore it is essential that an employer frequently makes use of this powerful technique to boost the morale of his staff members. Following are a few creative ways in which an employer can show his employees that he appreciates their contribution to the company.
Appreciate for the Smallest of Achievements
Being appreciated motivates anyone to offer his best to the task trusted on him/her. Therefore it is important that the employer uses every opportunity to offer words of appreciation and gratefulness to his employees. This will not only make the employee feel positive about your relationship, but will also develop a feeling of belongingness towards the company and his work.
Offer Bonuses and Incentives
Bonuses and incentives are one of the best ways to show appreciation to your employees and say ‘thank you’ to them for all the effort they put into the growth of your company. Offer them bonuses and incentives such as money, gifts, vouchers etc. for the quality of their work, good attendance, disciplined work habits etc. They will feel great and strive to do even better.
Leave Early Friday
The best reward for a full week of hard-work is the weekend’s break on Saturday and Sunday. These two days are eagerly anticipated by every worker and for most these days are for spending with loved ones. Add to their appreciation of the weekend by allowing them to leave a little earlier on Fridays.
Install Vending Machines
Particularly on hot summer afternoons or chilled winter days, leaving the office premises to grab a cup of coffee or tea or a cold drink can be daunting and inconvenient. A vending machine situated inside the office building will be hugely appreciated and your employees will be grateful that you’ve responded to their needs.
Keeping the office environment relaxed and friendly is very important to increase the efficiency and quality of the workers. A stressed out and serious atmosphere can adversely affect their work quality and make them tired and bored. Take every opportunity to bring some fun into the working life of your employees by throwing small parties in the office or taking the staff out for a fun-filled day or an entertaining evening. This will lift their spirits dramatically and enhance their working capabilities.
Use these and some of your own innovative ways to show your staff that you care for them and their well-being. This will almost certainly help you form a strong personal bond with them.