As an independent retailer, you know full well the importance your employees have on the success of your business. They spend the most time with your clientele and they set the overall tone for everything from sales to customer satisfaction. Amidst the hustle and bustle of running your company, however, it can be difficult to show these vital figures just how much they’re valued. With the Christmas season fast approaching, here are five ways to make your employees feel worthy and appreciated.
Company lunches. Having a designated meal time with will help create unity, build rapport and give everyone in the workplace an opportunity to share laughs, food, stories. A company lunch at the end of the month will give employees something to look forward to and let them know you value their happiness and appreciate their effort.
Flexibility. If there’s one thing most employees wish they had more of at work, it’s flexible hours. Knowing their boss will be accommodating to personal days, errands, doctor’s appointments or family emergencies will make employees feel more comfortable and valued in the workplace.
Freebies & perks. Give your employees perks that go beyond basic health insurance. Set up a coffeemaker in the lunch room and supply the extras like milk and sugar. And if possible, provide perks like free parking or and employee discounts. Like most things in life, it’s the little things that go a long way.
Wall of fame. Having a special wall that celebrates employee milestones and accomplishments is one of the best and easiest ways to make your staff members beam with pride. Not only will it applaud incredible sales achievements and other positive moments throughout the month, but giving your employees positive
reinforcement for working hard will encourage them to keep doing just that.
Remember the magic words. It can be hard to remember in the busy workplace, but one of the best ways to make your employees feel appreciated, valued and important is simply saying, “Thank You.” Whether they take initiative and throw out the trash or make the biggest sale of the month, those two simple words go a long, long way.