Are you speaking your employee’s appreciation language?

There seems to be a holiday for everything now, right? Well, this past Friday was National Employee Appreciation Day. Demonstrating your appreciation for your team can be done in many ways. Inspired by the best-selling book “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, below is a list of various ways you can show your appreciation in the workplace.

Words of Affirmation

While some people enjoy public recognition for a job well done, others may not want to be put on the spot. You may consider writing a handwritten note instead to show your appreciation. Fellow ISCG co-worker, Sarah, did this around the Thanksgiving holiday for every employee and it was an unexpected but thoughtful gesture. I keep the note on my desk to this day as a needed pick-me-up on those sometimes-demanding days.

Tangible Gifts

Does your employee love coffee? Is a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan? While I’m sure we all love a cash bonus, perhaps they would appreciate a mug stocked with a gift card to their favorite coffee shop, or tickets to the next Tigers game.

Act of Service

I’ll never forget the day when our President, Bob, and Lead Installer, Bill, helped clear the snow from everyone’s car when we were hit with a snowstorm. Not only that, but we were able to go home early to get a head start on rush hour traffic. This demonstrated how employee safety was a priority.

Physical Touch

A comfortable work environment is necessary to be most productive throughout the day. Investing in a new ergonomic chair, updated work environment, or new work tool can each contribute to creating a space your employees feel most comfortable.

Quality Time

Your working day and week can seem to be very long at times and we all need a vacation. What better way than to give bonus vacation days allowing your employees more time to relax and re-energize so they can be their best self at work.

Have you noticed trends in your workplace of how employees like to be recognized and appreciated? It could be worth the time and effort to determine what speaks to your employees the most. After all, your employees are your greatest investment.