Lately I’ve become very bullish on appreciation. People will go above and beyond the call of duty for you – often for no additional compensation at all – if only they know you really value what they bring to the table.
Intrinsic reward is underrated. The value of feeling like one is making an impact is understated.
Feeling appreciated matters.
Often times, managers (at all levels) fail to communicate how valued their best employees are. They don’t say it until the employee says goodbye as he / she heads for the door, at which point the platitudes ring hollow.
Waiting until an employee says goodbye is much, *much* too late to talk 1. Even if they stay things will never be quite right – nor should they be. An employee that knows you had to nearly lose them to realize what you had will always wonder if they’re really valued from that moment onward.about what an important part of the company’s future he / she is. 1
Tell your best people how valuable they are. Better yet – show them. Give them developmental opportunities. Make sure they understand how their work impacts the business. Bring in pizza every once in a while when they are working late. This doesn’t have to be expensive. It just has to demonstrate a little effort.
If you don’t want to do any of the above things, remember that replacing a good person is expensive, and paying them more money to stay cost even more.
As HR Managers, let’s help our business leaders get this stuff right.
It’s what we’re there for.
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