- Posted Monday April 26, 2021
Covid-19 has certainly changed the world in all facets, from people’s personal lives to how businesses operate. Employees had to adjust very quickly with change such as working from home, homeschooling; and workload has been increased for many businesses especially in primary care.
As managers, it’s important to show gratitude to your employees and create a positive business culture, especially in this time of uncertainty and social distancing.
If you knew that showing gratitude to your colleagues would improve their mental health and productivity would you do it more often? Studies have shown that gratitude increases self-esteem and employee wellbeing.
Employee engagement has been very popular recently with “71% of managers feeling that employee engagement was one of the most important factors in overall company success.” When employees feel engaged, appreciated, and valued are more involved and work harder while those who feel disengaged have lower productivity levels.
Here are 5 ways to show your employees gratitude and appreciation
1.Thank you cards
Writing a thank you card, or a handwritten note is a simple gesture but definitely has a positive impact on your colleagues and makes you stand out. Plus, Jimmy Fallon does it every week so why wouldn’t you?
2.Touch base early and often
Having regular check-ins with your colleagues might seem like a very straightforward tip, but even a 5-minute chat can help your team feel connected. Be present and seize small opportunities to ask simple questions like “How are you?” or “Do you need help with anything?”
3.Organize a regular social event
Covid-19 restrictions still don’t allow much social interaction, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t organize small events inside the practice. Consider hosting a thank-you lunch or incorporate food into a meeting. From experience, this generous gesture will definitely have a positive impact on your team.
4.Offer additional time off
66% of UK workers would accept a pay cut in exchange for more leave. Consider offering an extra paid day off for a birthday or an early finish one day per month. This one also benefits the practice as it means that leave is spaced out evenly throughout the year.
Consider offering a quarterly practice award day to nominate your staff and simply recognise their hard work. This will boost your team’s morale and the team will have something to look forward to. Did you know that a recent study shows that 90% of employees said that their employer's recognition impacts positively on their engagement and motivation levels?
Ideas like the above will establish a positive working environment with loyal and happy employees. We believe that Employee appreciation should be celebrated every day, not necessarily by throwing an event or party but by showing your employees that they matter and they are doing a great job.
Do you want to learn more about Team Working and Improving Communication with Staff and Patients? Why not get in touch with the Thornfields team on 0333 240 4055 or by visiting the Thornfields website to find out more about our courses.