10 Ways Leaders Can Make Their Teams Feel Appreciated
Everyone likes to feel appreciated, but in the workplace, it’s more important than many people realize. In fact, the lack of appreciation is the main factor that contributes to the lack of motivation or commitment of the employees. The pandemic and successive lockdowns have only worsened the effect of a lack of appreciation, as many employees feel additional pressure, stress and disconnection from their colleagues when working remotely.
In my work at The Culture Builders, an organization specializing in corporate culture, change and performance, of the thousands of people we’ve spoken to through our cultural programs and audits, only 49% say that they feel valued by their superiors. a worrying number.
The concept of appreciation is really simple, and the ways we appreciate can be just as simple, however, it is evident that in many organizations this is just not happening or not happening enough.
Here are some simple ways managers and leaders can show appreciation to their teams:
1. Add a personal touch
To say a “thank you” to an effective employee, make sure you do it in a personal way. Whether it’s in a handwritten note, card, or mention at your team meeting, be sure to make it meaningful and heartfelt.
2. Do it in person
While a face-to-face “thank you” is not possible with the continuing challenges imposed by the pandemic, there are still many ways to make it more human and interactive. Rather than a quick email, a phone or video call can be a very effective way to thank someone for a job well done and show them your appreciation.
3. Know your people
Everyone is different, and this is also true of how we respond to different ways of receiving thanks. Some people may really appreciate a mention during the team meeting in front of colleagues, however, others may prefer a private conversation much more. It’s a great reminder of the benefits of knowing each member of your team well.
4. Be prepared
While it’s not essential to walk around every day with a pocket full of thank you cards (and I’ve known someone in the police force who did that!), Be prepared to thank people for a job. done well can make it much easier to deliver.
5. Show understanding
A simple “thank you” or a “well done” certainly has its place, however, it can really be worth digging a little deeper into and showing that you understand your employee’s job. Showing that you have a real understanding of this will make any appreciation much more meaningful.
6. Remember the big picture
It’s easy to forget about the lives people lead outside of work, and that work can (and does) have an effect on that. The impact on people’s lives outside of work is all the more evident when they go beyond what is generally required or expected. Never forget and acknowledge this as well.
7. Celebrate success
It doesn’t have to be limited to the big wins that impact everyone; they can also be small-scale successes, things an individual can be proud of without everyone necessarily being aware of. There are lots of fun ways to celebrate success virtually – we don’t have to be in the office to do it!
8. Balance criticism with appreciation
Often times when someone has worked hard and put a lot of effort into something, it can be demoralizing to receive criticism as an initial feedback. This is actually a great opportunity to use appreciation to show gratitude for the work and effort that has been put in, before leading to a constructive insight. Balancing the two can help employees deal with criticism without feeling deflated.
9. Make it a dialogue
An act of appreciation for a member of your team doesn’t have to be one-sided! This can be a great opportunity not only to thank them, but also to strike up a two-way conversation and find out how they were able to accomplish what they did. It shows a genuine level of interest and gratitude, and also indicates that it’s something you might even like to replicate if possible.
10.increase your own sense of gratitude
Appreciating your team doesn’t just make them feel valued – it also affects you! Practicing gratitude will help you with your own sense of resilience, ease stress, and bring a new level of positivity to your world of work. It really is a win-win!
Appreciation is easy and enjoyable to implement in our professional life (and more broadly!), With far-reaching benefits. The untapped potential of this is something we need to make sure we are aware of, especially for leaders and managers in today’s world of remote working and new business practices. There has never been a better time to put this into practice.