Are you saying goodbye to your staff too often?
Worse still, have you got a revolving door where staff are concerned? And are those still with you looking fidgety? These are signs you shouldn’t ignore!
Often it’s the simplest of things. The things your mother taught you.
A new survey in the UK found that only 16% of employees had heard the words ‘thank you’ from their boss in six months. Podium Designs did research with 750 workers to find out about workplace satisfaction.
Ask yourself: when did you last say thank you, and mean it? If you value your staff, how do you show it?
It’s easy to keep it simple and let your employees know they’re appreciated. You know it. Your mum knew it. Here’s three off the top of our head:
- Leave a post it note on someone’s computer saying ‘thanks for that report – top job!’
- Better still, stick your head round their door and say it in person.
- Next time you send out an email to everyone about a win you’ve had, thank one or two people who made a difference.
But beware! Don’t leave anyone out. If it helps, be methodical. Write yourself a list of names and tick them off as you thank them. Don’t do it too often. That would be weird. And don’t write it on a whiteboard in your office.
But get that revolving door to stop turning. (And don’t leave anybody trapped inside.)
If you start to notice gaps in the list, ask yourself what’s going on. Is someone not pulling their weight? Or are you ignoring them?
We get it, we get it. You don’t want to feel as if your mum is trailing you round the office telling you to mind your Ps and Qs and say thank you. How boring is that?
So, get more adventurous! Saying thank you doesn’t have to be a chore. Develop a cunning plan around staff motivation – and get known as the way coolest and most welcoming place to work.
We love this post from 6Q blog with 40 great ways to say thank you to your employees.
The writing’s on the (office) wall. Leaders who say thank you have more motivated staff, better rates of retention, and a better reputation as an employer.
So get onto it! Say thank you! And when you’re done saying thank you, talk to your staff. Talking is free and the outcome could be profitable.
Got a unique or favourite way of thanking your staff? Leave us a comment below!