Would they say they are appreciated?

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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.

100 Best Companies to Work For

Grateful People Are Happier, Healthier

I wanted to share this story from today’s Wall Street Journal.  It is important to employers for several reasons.  First, happier, healthier employees are infinitely more productive than those who are not.  Strategic employers promote environments that encourage happier and healthier lifestyles.  This also increases the positive response to their employment brand and attracts star performers.

Secondly, Strategic Employers do a lot for their employees.  They also find creative ways to let them know.  It is not a one – way street.   When you’ve attracted top talent and matched them with jobs they were made to do, they are very grateful for the opportunity.  Show your key contributors that you are grateful for their commitment and service.  Show them what you are doing to them fulfill their dreams.  Their gratitude will return to your organization many times over in the form of increased profits!

Here’s the article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704243904575630541486290052.html?KEYWORDS=thanksgiving