As a small business owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that your employees feel appreciated and valued.

No one wants to work in an environment where their effort goes unnoticed and they feel that their position is constantly threatened. Employees are more productive when they feel valued.

So if you’re interested in making your employees feel valued and motivated, here are a few simple ways to do so.

Small gestures matter

Always look for ways to reward members of your team. Writing a simple thank-you note and sticking it on your employee’s work station or monitor will not only surprise them, but also make them feel valued and appreciated on a personal level.

Challenge employees

When you give an employee a more challenging assignment, it shows that you trust them to deliver. This will motivate them to aim high and do a great job.

Public appreciation

Simple gestures often carry so much meaning, so don’t shy away from offering public recognition to an employee who’s doing a great job. 

It could be saying thank you during team meetings or recognising their efforts in front of others when you pass by their desk.

Spend some time with your staff

Taking an employee out for a coffee or lunch shows a great deal of appreciation for what they bring to the table, and can be enough to motivate them to work even harder.

You can also sit down with employees to discuss how they feel about the job, or review their performance and give them some well-deserved feedback.

Supportive communication

It’s important to recognise the specific contributions of an individual to the team. You can effectively do this through supportive communication. 

For example, when giving out assignments, you can highlight an employee’s past achievements. “Here’s a new project for you. The client loved how you handled the past project, and I think you’re the only one who can deliver exactly what they need.”

Your staff’s hard work will determine the success of your small business, so if you want to motivate them to give their all, celebrate their efforts whenever possible.