Managers are often overwhelmed at work and it is not uncommon for them to be the first ones at the office in the morning, and the last to leave at night. Their days are generally filled with meetings, phone calls and emails, along with responding to employee questions at work.
Even though it is understandable if employers overlook their employees’ contributions, it is also one of the worst things they can do. All employees need to feel recognized and appreciated. When they don’t a boss’s job only gets harder.
Here are a few quick tips that managers can use to ensure employees feel recognized, and still stay on top of their other duties.
Ask for Help
Busy managers will never be able to stay completely informed of their employees’ contributions, especially in companies with a larger workforce. Asking for help from a trusted employee can ensure that you stay on top of your employees’ activities without neglecting your daily tasks.
You will always know when someone needs a little encouragement, motivation or deserves recognition. With a confidant, you’ll be able to “stay in the loop” without falling behind on your workload.
Always Have Cards Handy
It is impossible for you to take time and buy a card whenever an employee deserves recognition. This is why many managers have taken to keeping a box of greeting cards close by.
Cards with inspirational or thank you messages will ensure that employees feel appreciated and recognized for their hard work. These greeting cards can usually be purchased in bulk, and there are several styles to choose from. With a stack of greeting cards, you’ll always be ready to show an employee appreciation.
Use ‘Reminder” Notes
As a manager you are always “on the go”, and this can make it difficult to remember to give someone the recognition they deserve. Writing reminders on small notes is a convenient way to ensure that you don’t forget to show employees appreciation.
These little notes are a quick and easy way for you to boost employee morale and motivation by showing that you genuinely appreciate their hard work.
Involve Other Employees
A great manager knows that it is important to delegate responsibility, and that their employees make great resources.
If your company is holding an event or party, consider letting some of your employees handle the details. Simply write down a brief outline of what needs to be done, and trust your staff to do the rest.
Giving this responsibility to your employees not only demonstrates your faith in them, it can also inspire loyalty and build morale. When everyone feels like they are a part of something, the workplace is generally a pleasant place to be. It also allows you to concentrate on the other items listed on your busy schedule.
These tips will make it easier for managers to show their employees the recognition and appreciation they deserve. When employees feel like they are valued members of the team morale, job satisfaction and productivity can be improved.