Employees are your organization’s biggest asset. How you as a leader demonstrate your appreciation for your team will directly affect your bottom line. It’s been proven that empathy has a significant impact on productivity.
True empathy requires that you step outside your own emotion to view things entirely from the perspective of the other person.
Emotionally effective leaders make it their business to get to know their team and use empathy to build effective relationships.
The daily grind can impact your team…
Some days are harder than others for employees to get up and head into work with a smile on their face. It’s much easier for them to do this when they know the organization they work for cares about them. In particular, their direct supervisor plays a significant role in motivating them to do their very best. It’s vital you understand the powerful role empathy plays in helping team members become more productive.
What happens when we don’t feel appreciated?
On a regular basis, I coach clients who are highly motivated leaders. They work hard, care about their team and strive to show their appreciation and willingness to go the extra mile at work. However, often I’ve heard cases of employees feeling demoralized because they believe their hard work and dedication wasn’t recognized. That eventually starts to impact their work ethic, which is why realizing the value of implementing employee appreciation strategies is imperative.
It’s a very ‘human’ need that we must fulfill.
All human beings need to feel supported – it’s a basic need. Your team needs to feel appreciated and believe that their efforts are making a difference to the organization. When leaders show their employees that they are valued by using empathy, employees (mostly) will go out of their way to accomplish the task at hand.
5 helpful employee appreciation tips:
- Show your team you care – Go out of your way to provide them with evidence that indicates you appreciate them such as a coffee, lunch, thank you note or email etc.
- Tell them often – Telling employees you care once or twice is not enough. They need to feel appreciated on a regular basis in a variety of ways.
- Don’t expect perfection, it’s not possible - No one is perfect so expecting it is setting everyone up for failure. When a team member makes an error, handle the situation with respect and compassion and you will be surprised how positive this approach will affect the team member’s performance and overall motivation as well as send a positive message to others.
- Share employee wins with others – Celebrate your team member wins with others including your boss and at staff meetings. The more public praise and recognition they receive, the more they’ll feel appreciated. It’s the management philosophy: Praise in public and criticize in private.
- Treat them with respect - Did you know that only 15% of individuals feel respected and valued by their employers? It’s always how you make people feel that makes the difference.