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Four Reasons to Show Gratitude to Your Employees

Your employees are the backbone of your organization. You rely on them to keep your company running smoothly each and every day, but do you ever stop to show them appreciation for all of their hard work? If it's never too late to start!

Little things like giving your employees a surprise Friday afternoon off, providing flexible working options, and simply acknowledging the hard work your team does each day can make people much more productive.

The more your staff values their jobs, the more productive they are each day. Gallup estimates that lost productivity costs employers approximately $300 billion each year, so showing your appreciation can literally pay.

Four Reasons to Show Gratitude to Your Employees

Everyone likes to feel appreciated ─ including your employees. Treat your staff well and enjoy the following benefits:

  1. Better Attitude: Showing gratitude toward your employees increases their level of self-worth. People who feel good about themselves and confident in their abilities come to work each day ready to take on anything.
  2. Increased Job Satisfaction: When employees feel appreciated, they’re much more fulfilled by their jobs. This leads to higher retention rates, as happy employees don’t typically look for new jobs at other companies.
  3. Enhanced Performance: Satisfied employees know they have a good thing going on with their employer ─ and they don’t take it for granted! People work harder when they believe in the company and truly value their jobs.
  4. Improved Focus: Giving employees a positive work/life balance allows them to increase their focus, as they have the flexibility to manage their personal life as needed. It’s hard for employees to focus when their mind is elsewhere, so if you allow them to create a schedule that fits their lives, you’ll be rewarded with workers who are completely focused on the task at hand.

Need a little help finding the best people for your team? Contact Sparks Group. Our partnership methodology is rooted in a thorough analysis of each client’s staffing challenges and business culture. This consultative approach allows Sparks Group to customize programs to meet our clients’ unique requirements and objectives and in turn, improve efficiency and productivity.

Written by Shawn Connelly

Shawn Connelly

Shawn joined Sparks Group in 2006 and serves as the resident marketing manager, web administrator, proposal writer, Excel guru, blogger, social media coordinator, and fantasy football commissioner.

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