Each week I get the opportunity to talk with 30 to 40 health care professionals about their career goals and job transitions. These people are incredibly talented, resourceful, competent, skilled, and capable. Over the past couple of years I’ve started to see a predominately emerging characteristic about what they are looking for in a their next career move. Many employers think it is more money. While money is always important it rarely ranks at the top of their lists. What seems to rank the highest these days is “appreciation”. They want to know that a company values them as an individual and values their contribution.
Appreciating employees is a one of the best investments a company can make. It builds loyalty, it is relatively inexpensive, and the boost in productivity can be dramatic. I’ve included a link to the list of this year’s ‘Best Companies to Work For’. All of them have a common theme of showing employees how much they are appreciated. Here are five unique and low cost ways any business can show appreciation:
1) Offer employees a monthly, 15 minute chair massage on site
2) Discount health insurance when employees engage in wellness activities
3) Bring in ice cream sundaes on the first day of Summer
4) A Day off if certain productivity goals are met
5) Recognition or time-off when employees serve in community or charity activities
Every business can be creative and find ways to show appreciation. The best place to start is to ask employees what they want. Employees will feel more appreciated if you are giving them something that they really desire.