Appreciate your workforce ~ it’s just good business!
Your company has the product or service for your target audience…even better than your competition. You have a talented workforce, your team is on it ~your sales are high and you have a lot of repeat customers. Whether your company’s workforce is 2 or 500, to continue the success and grow, grow, grow you must regularly set the right example, empower, encourage and motivate your workforce.
Your workforce consist not only of your management team but the salesperson, the receptionist, the janitor, the security and the parking attendant. Your entire workforce needs to know that you appreciate them. To appreciate, it goes beyond the wages, it guarantees loyalty, productivity and attracts the best talent all of which translates into your company’s bottom-line. Think about how good you feel to get that pat on the back and recognition in front of your peers.
Appreciate your workforce individually and as a group. This can be done regularly on a monthly or quarterly basis. When looking for inspiration, it can start with something as simple as remembering a birthday, a new newborn, work anniversary, job well done or a great customer service moment. But don’t let it stop there, have fun by having an outing like a company picnic, an offsite luncheon, or after-work mixer. Throw in a little sport activity like bowling or volleyball which can facilitate your workforce bonding with departments that don’t normally interact but are part of the team nevertheless.
Annually most companies’ leadership revisits their mission, vision, and talk about what was done the past year and set new goals for the future. Why not have the meeting offsite in the form of a retreat which could be accented with appreciation of the leadership team and an activity or two to strengthen relationships.
Does your company have a charity it supports? Include your team, volunteers of course, in various fundraising activities like a community fair/carnival or car wash. In fact, involve your team in the brainstorming/planning sessions on different activities that could be done.
Whatever the function, it should be fun and its purpose should be very clear to your workforce…appreciation!
Larger companies’ Human Resource Department and Meeting Planner can point you in the right direction. Smaller companies that don’t have a Meeting Planner can form an alliance with an Independent Meeting Planner.
It must be said there are those companies that feel taking time to appreciate its workforce to lift morale is a waste of time and highly over-rated. They feel if they pay their workforce and provide benefits, that should be enough but it’s really not. If you want your company to be all it can be then you need a workforce that is all in ~ money and benefits alone won’t do it.
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