You can elevate your business's competitive advantage by demonstrating appreciation for your most valuable asset - your employees. Leaders with emotional intelligence know how to invest in and inspire their teams. We've shared everything you need to know.
The Power of Appreciation: How Employee Recognition Boosts Your Business
How Important Is Employee Appreciation For Your Business?
The answer is it's crucial to your business!
Employee appreciation is crucial for businesses as it positively impacts morale, motivation, retention, teamwork, customer satisfaction, innovation, and overall organizational success. Prioritizing and implementing effective employee appreciation initiatives can significantly benefit your business.
How Leaders Invest in Employees
Influential leaders build a positive workplace culture by leading by example and practising specific emotional and social skills. This emotional intelligence practice allows leaders to develop and maintain relationships and cope effectively with everyday challenges. They believe in their employees and ensure they demonstrate their appreciation.
Undeniably, a leader's typical role is to support individuals and encourage them to work together to achieve a common goal. Strong leadership embodies emotional intelligence, inspires high-performance standards and mobilizes a commitment to an organization's mission, vision, and values. Compassionate leaders demonstrate their appreciation to their employees. Additionally, they know the importance of investing in their people and focusing on team development. These best practices enhance employee performance and overall organizational productivity, engage happy team members, and demonstrate their value to the organization.
Those with advanced emotional intelligence acknowledge the feelings of others and address challenges while demonstrating they genuinely care about the people they work with. Their authenticity and empathy for their colleagues result in a highly motivated and committed workforce. Leaders with these skills are highly influential and attract followers like bees to honey. Employees want to be associated with them and go above and beyond the call of duty to support them. When this connection is authentic, it corresponds with how the leader makes them feel, which most people never forget.
Simple Ways To Show Employee Appreciation
- Listen to them
- Keep them informed
- Show the team you care
- Be empathetic
- Lead with compassion
- Practice humility
The bottom line is when employees feel appreciated and good about their relationship with the leader/organization, their motivation, commitment, and loyalty are reflected in their work.
Elevate your business's competitive advantage today by showing appreciation for your employees. Connect with me to develop these skills; discover my consulting opportunities and emotional intelligence training. To find practical approaches to getting the most out of your emotional intelligence, refer to my book, The Power of Emotion.
This article was originally published on February 8, 2020, and has been updated (July 2023).
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