Expressing Gratitude is one of the easiest ways to retain staff

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” ~ Randy Pausch

Gratitude, and showing it, is so important in the workplace. Especially in times where salary increases may not be possible or not as high as staff might be expecting.

Research also shows that while gratitude is good for the recipient, over time it also impacts the wellbeing of the person expressing it.

Here are a few simple ways to show the people with whom you work how much you appreciate them:

  1. Say thank you. Look them in the eye and say thank you. Even for the smallest of things. And be specific.
  2. Pass on positive feedback given by someone else
  3. Leave a surprise post it note on their desk or computer.
  4. For a team thank you, organise a cake for morning tea one day.
  5. Make someone a tea or coffee without asking them.
  6. Tell someone else, in your staff member’s hearing, what a great job they did.
  7. Start an ABCD club — awards (monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, whatever works for you) for staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
  8. Start a seasonal tradition and have a small celebration. Or a big one.
  9. Celebrate big wins or good jobs for clients and customers with the whole team and make a big deal about the fact that it is a thank you to the team effort not celebrating the fee or profit.
  10. If someone has been working longer than normal hours, surprise them with an ‘early leave pass’ to leave early one day.
  11. Start a tradition for those with children starting school for the first time that they can either have the day off or work reduced hours that day.
  12. Remember important life events or anniversaries – it shows you care

These are just a few simple ideas to help make your staff feel valued, appreciated, and most importantly, engaged. But the possibilities are endless! And most importantly, gratitude is contagious.