So, if you had to pick one resource within your business that you could not do without tomorrow what would you pick? Would it be a piece of software, hardware, equipment or your product? I agree all of them are important to keep your business operating smoothly however I think all too often business leaders discount the importance of the people they work with each and every day….their employees.
I saw a statistic recently in a magazine that 39% of employees report that they do not feel appreciated at work. This trend is rising too. The study went on to report that 69% say they would work harder if they felt their efforts were better recognized and 78% said being recognized motivates them in their job.
Make a point to stand back and observe the staff you employ and make sure you are giving praise when it has been earned. A little can go a long way too as long as it is sincere and heartfelt. Everyone wants to feel appreciated and in life we all know there are some that give more and some that give less, be sure to let those that go above and beyond know that they are appreciated.
Here at Holmes, we have been moving full steam ahead as we embrace change and progress in our industry and having committed and engaged employees has made the transition much smoother and enjoyable. I take moments each day to digest all the positive things taking place around me that our employees are responsible for. Today we presented our employees with a small token of our appreciation with a boxed lunch from Rudy’s Smokehouse and a gift card to Young’s Jersey Dairy, a local ice cream establishment with lots of fun family things to do. It is my hope that they went home to their families today a little happier and with a smile and they will go do something fun with their families that makes some good memories with the ones they love.
Sure, you can try to go it alone and do it all yourself, but I can tell you first hand that when you embrace the strengths of each employee and help them in their journey to work on their weaknesses you will end up much farther down the road and it is much more rewarding than trying to be on an island all by yourself.
“People may take a job for more money, but they often leave it for more recognition and appreciation.” – Bob Nelson