5 Ways to Show Appreciation Towards Your Staff and Make Them Feel Valued


Being a manager or business owner who leads a group of talented people is a great achievement. But even though you’ve already achieved the position, it doesn’t mean you should stop exerting an effort. It’s important that you keep on finding ways to improve yourself as a manager. Check out this video for some tips:


You see, it’s not just the hard skills that you need to hone further. Soft skills matter, too. And as a leader, these soft skills include the ability to show people that you care while maintaining authority.

And these soft skills collectively show how you truly appreciate your staff. How do you do that? Here are 6 ways.



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Help Them Personally

Your relationship with your staff is one bound by work and business but you guys are humans too. Just like you, they encounter personal problems every once in a while. Try to be on the radar without being nosy. If you notice any of your employees not performing or behaving as they normally do, check on them. 

If they open up to you, appreciate the fact that they trust you. Ask if there’s any way you can help them. However, not everyone may be keen on directly asking for help from their boss even if they need them. So, if you think a particular employee has such personality, offer help yourself and specify what kind of help you can give.

When you go out of your way to personally help your staff, it sends the message that you don’t see them as mere workers but friends.



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Relate to Them, Don’t Be Above Them

You may be the manager, but don’t act like you’re above them. Sure, that’s possibly true, but try not to brag about it. Be as relatable as you can, at least in terms of personal experiences. 

When your staff talk about something they’re going through, whether positive or negative, react accordingly. You can also share a related or similar experience. However, don’t try too hard. 

Remember to find that sweet spot between credibility and reliability. As a manager, you should be seen as someone worthy of respect. Your staff must be awed by your achievements enough to inspire them. But at the same time, you must be able to show that you’re just like them—someone who values both life and career. And that just like you, they can also achieve their goals, particularly when you work together.



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Make Time for Them

We get it. You’re busy with your management tasks as well as personal affairs. But you can surely spare a few minutes to chat with your people, right? When you come off as approachable, your staff will not hesitate to send you a quick chat about some concerns or at least to simply say hi. 

When your employees are comfortable about personally messaging you or talking to you, treasure it! It means that they’re confident you won’t ignore them and you’ve somehow built a relationship beyond just being boss-employee.

Now, if you still think you’re too busy for these chats, take a look at the Pareto Principle AKA the 80-20 rule. This involves prioritizing the top 20% of your tasks—and do them well to create 80% of the results. Every once in a while, include touching base with your staff part of your 20%. You might be surprised that doing so might actually help you achieve the 80%. 



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Create Opportunities for Them

Another way to show that you care about your employees is to let them grow professionally. Send them to workshops and seminars related to their craft. Let them facilitate training for the team and new staff so they can share their knowledge. Give feedback that will help them improve their work as well. Create a clear path for promotion, too.

By doing this, you’re showing that you recognize their strengths and what they can do and achieve further.



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Manage Your Expectations Well

While you want every member of your team to bring out their best at all times, you should still develop reasonable expectations. Your staff may be willing to double their effort, but don’t abuse it. 

When you so many tasks to your staff, they will eventually feel overworked and tired. They will also begin to think that you don’t care about their well-being. Burnout and declining motivation will never be a good combination.


The Little Things

A simple “thank you”, an electronic gift cheque or an extra paid leave—these are just a few simple ways to show appreciation and thanks. Not forgetting to greet them on their birthday and other occasions or holidays is also one way to show you care. 



Ultimately, the easiest way to show you care is to genuinely care. Treat them as you would a friend—a family even. When you do, it won’t be difficult to naturally do everything mentioned above. 

Do you practice other ways of showing your staff that you care about them? Share them with us in the comments section below!



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