How to Ensure You Aren’t Taking Employees For Granted

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Isn’t it incredible that our top employees, the ones that we lean on the most, we often forget to recognize? We don’t even do it on purpose; those we count on, we often assume they don’t need reinforcement. Usually high performers will carry on without much frustration, but everyone deserves a pat on the back. Let’s perform a reality-check and review How to Ensure You Aren’t Taking Employees for Granted:

Reasons we don’t show appreciation for employees:

  • Employee doesn’t get excited when recognized
  • Performance improvement isn’t as strong as a leader wanted
  • A leader doesn’t value the employee in general
  • Employee’s performance is always excellent therefore it’s expected
  • Leader doesn’t get recognition themselves

How to guarantee appreciation:

  • Make it a priority to understand what is important to each employee so when they accomplish something important, you are celebrating with them
  • Even small wins are crucial to show appreciation for effort, positive reinforcement will help drive ongoing improvement
  • Everyone appreciates recognition and gratitude, even those who make it awkward; later on employees will feel valued and appreciated
  • Even when a leader doesn’t feel recognized themselves, taking it out on employees causes ongoing toxic environments
  • Never take high performing associates for granted, their success is greatly due to challenge and reward – never forget to admire their accomplishments

Ensure your teams are getting proper opportunity to reflect on their own accomplishments. Get to know your teams and what motivates them. Understanding how your team feels and operates equips you to make them feel valued. The perception that a leader doesn’t celebrate is not a good reputation to have. Reach out to your employees and make sure you are showing them how much you care.

Develop daily,

Michael Dooley

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 Question: what have you done to show appreciation for your employees?
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3 thoughts on “How to Ensure You Aren’t Taking Employees For Granted

  1. Being an employee I am on the other side – I am a hard worker and probably the most knowledgeable in my office. Yet we are not allowed rewards; no BBQ’s for milestones, have to buy our own birthday cakes, always get told negatives.
    A little positive would go so far in employee morale. I don’t need to be told I am great everyday, but when you ask me to stay back on a friday afternoon for a pointless task I would like some sort of reward/ acknowledgement. That’s all we ask.

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