As important as the relationships are that you build with customers, the relationships you build with your employees is just as important. You know how you feel when you go to the coffee shop and they already know what you want or when someone goes out of their way to thank you for something you did that you didn't even give a second thought. It just makes you feel good. If your employees are happy, customers pick up on that and they have a good experience with you and your company.
So how do you motivate your employees? It doesn't have to cost a lot to get a big bang. Here are three very easy things you can do that will make you employees feel good.
1. Say thank you
The easiest, least expensive way to motivate workers is often overlooked -- saying thank you. Don't take your employees for granted, they like to hear the words and know that you see they are going a good job. A sincere 'job well done' is a small price to pay for that extra bit of effort that makes all the difference.
2. Recognize them
Beyond a thank you, recognition make employees feel valued as part of the team.
Whether it's a simple card they can hang in their cubicle or a certificate for a job well done, present it in front of all your employees and tell the receiver exactly why you are giving it. Your honored worker gets time in the public spotlight and you get the chance to make the point to all your employees that quality and hard work is noticed.
3. Give the gift of time
If you can't afford raises, consider the gift of time. Give additional days off, or, give employees their birthdays off or an extra personal day. Make sure they understand what the time is worth.
There are many easy ways to let your employees know you appreciate them that cost nothing and only take a few minutes. It easy, go out and try it and see what reward you receive in return. Happier, loyal employees.
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