When it comes to running or managing a business, problems don’t tend to be in short supply.
Unforeseen costs, workplace conflict, low morale, retention, and recruitment challenges . . the list is seemingly never-ending.
However, cultivating a positive workforce—one that thrives in the face of daily challenges—can be done rather simply. You just need to start with one small habit: showing your employees appreciation by regularly celebrating their successes.
And as you do, you’ll find the following benefits are well worth the initial effort:
Eliminate the Burden of High Turnover
With the current job market boasting a surplus of employment opportunities, employees are now, more than ever, quick to move on from unfulfilling jobs.
In trying to eliminate a high turnover rate, many companies first focus on salary and benefits packages. However, this can be a losing game, as there will always be employers able to offer more competitive compensation.
So, instead of focusing solely on financial incentives, make it a point to leave your staff feeling seen and heard. Because, ultimately, that’s what people want. And when your employees feel appreciated, they’ll be far more likely to stick around for the long haul.
Lay a Stronger Cultural Foundation
One of the most potent assets your company has is its work culture. And good or bad, the social dynamic of your organization has a profound impact on what you’re able to achieve together.
To improve your company's culture, commit to repeatedly celebrating worker success. When you do, you set a standard that is paid forward and shapes the overall dynamic of your workplace over time, making camaraderie and teamwork the status quo.
Attract the Best Talent
Social media has connected employees in a way like never before. And if a company has a reputation for underappreciating its staff, that will be reflected in the quality of candidates they are able to attract.
However, this newfound connectedness can also work in your favor. By regularly celebrating your employees, you leave them feeling like they matter, and that’s just the thing they’ll share with their close (and extended) networks.
Build an Innovative Workforce
When it comes to improving overall company and organizational processes, you need all hands on deck. Each employee brings their own unique talents and perspective, so the more you can encourage others to share, the better.
In that light, always thank employees for their creative insights. Even if their ideas aren’t used, celebrating their contributions ensures a culture of improvement and sharing—something that’s virtually guaranteed to serve you and your clients.
Motivate Your Teams to Excel
At the end of the day, workplace productivity is about keeping your employees motivated. And when you let your staff know their work is meaningful and appreciated, they’ll be more eager to produce.
So, start small and make it a point to celebrate your worker’s successes. Something as simple as a “good job” is the perfect step toward a healthier work environment.
Then, as those internal benefits take root, they’ll in turn contribute to the lives of your customers and the community at large, creating a relationship of goodwill with all your company touches.