As Dr. Bob Nelson says, “Take time to appreciate employees and they will reciprocate in a thousand ways.” 

As all of the research indicates, employees feeling appreciated is absolutely critical for maintaining a happy, engaged, and productive workforce. At goHappy, we are hyper-focused on employee appreciation and recognition because we know the important role it plays in retention and employee performance. As we approach National Employee Appreciation Day this Friday, March 3rd, we want to share a few thoughtful employee recognition ideas and examples of how you can show just how much you appreciate your frontline employees. We hope you enjoy the Happy 10 - ten simple, yet powerful, things you can do to show meaningful employee recognition for your frontline team members, right now!

1. Provide Specific Feedback And Real-Time Recognition For A Job Well Done

Providing specific feedback and real-time recognition for a job well done is a simple, yet powerful way to appreciate your frontline employees. It involves consistently and specifically communicating with employees about their performance - this includes providing constructive criticism as well as praising your team members when they have done a good job.  It also helps employees to feel valued, and appreciated and is a way to build more trust. This leads to a more productive, motivated, and engaged workforce, and creates a positive work culture.

2. Offer Opportunities For Professional Development And Growth    

By offering opportunities for professional development and growth your frontline employees will have access to the resources and support they need to improve their skills, advance in their careers, and achieve their personal and professional goals. This can include things like training programs, mentorship, and access to educational resources. Additionally, it also involves creating a culture that values learning and growth and encouraging employees to take on new responsibilities and leadership roles. By providing these opportunities, you can help attract and retain talented employees and ensure that they have the skills they need to succeed in their roles.

3. Show Genuine Interest In Employees' Personal And Professional Goals

Showing genuine interest in employees' personal and professional goals involves actively seeking to understand and support the individual aspirations and objectives of each team member. This can include regularly asking employees about their goals, providing guidance and resources to help them achieve their aspirations, and recognizing and rewarding their progress and accomplishments. This approach can help create a positive and supportive work environment, which can lead to higher engagement, motivation, and retention among employees. 

4. Create A Positive And Inclusive Work Environment

When creating a positive and inclusive work environment you'll want to make sure you are actively working to create an atmosphere where all employees feel respected, valued, and supported. This can involve a variety of things such as:

  • Communicating and enforcing clear policies and expectations around respectful behavior, discrimination, and harassment
  • Providing training and resources to help employees understand and appreciate different perspectives and cultures
  • Encouraging open and honest communication, and actively seeking out and addressing employee feedback
  • Providing opportunities for employees to participate in team building and social activities

A positive and inclusive work environment can also lead to increased employee satisfaction, engagement, and productivity, and can also help attract and retain a positive workforce.

5. Encourage Open Communication And Actively Listen To Employees' Ideas And Concerns

Creating a work environment where employees feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and opinions, and where their contributions are valued and considered is a great way to show employees they matter. You can create channels for feedback, such as regular team meetings, suggestion boxes, or anonymous surveys.

Actively listening to employees' ideas and concerns involves more than just hearing what they have to say. It means taking the time to understand their perspective and considering their input in decision-making processes. You can practice active listening by giving your full attention, asking clarifying questions, summarizing what you've heard to ensure understanding, and responding in a constructive and respectful manner.

By encouraging open communication and actively listening to employees' ideas and concerns, you can foster a positive and collaborative work environment, build more trust and respect with your teams, and ultimately drive greater productivity.

6. Host Company-Wide Or Team-Building Events

Hosting company-wide or team-building events is an effective way to foster camaraderie, build team cohesion, and boost employee morale. There are many different types of company-wide or team-building events that can be organized- some examples include:

  • Social events
  • Recreational activities
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Professional development workshops 

Hosting company-wide or team-building events can help to create a positive work culture, improve employee engagement, and ultimately drive better business outcomes. Investing in these events, will demonstrate your commitment to the well-being and growth of your employees, which can help to attract and retain top talent.

7. Give Out Small Gifts, Or Even Treats; Everyone Likes Treats

Giving out small gifts or treats to recognize a job well done, a special occasion, or simply showing appreciation for hard work and dedication, can be an effective way to show appreciation and gratitude to employees, and boost morale and motivation. It can be something as simple as a small snack or a thank-you note, or a more substantial gift like a gift card or a company-branded item. By recognizing and rewarding hard work and dedication, you can build loyalty and engagement among your team members, and create a workplace where people feel valued and motivated.

8. Reward Good Performance

The rewards can take various forms, such as bonuses, promotions, or other incentives, and they don’t have to be for significant monetary amounts. The point is to tangibly express to your employees that their contributions are valued and appreciated by you, the company, and management. Additionally, it can also act as a motivator for other employees to continue to perform well and strive for excellence in their work. It is a key element of employee engagement and motivation that can lead to increased productivity and overall satisfaction.

9. Show Appreciation Through Both Verbal And Written Communication

Showing appreciation through verbal and written communication is an excellent and easy way to acknowledge and recognize the contributions and achievements of your employees, and express gratitude for their hard work and dedication.

Here are a few ways you can do that: 

  • A simple handwritten note
  • A kind word and verbal praise - this can be done in person or digitally, even via text using a platform like goHappy
  • Public recognition during a team meeting
  • Written performance reviews to highlight development

Here's an example from the goHappy platform: 



10. Give Freedom And Trust In Decision-Making

Giving employees freedom and trust in decision-making involves delegating responsibilities and decision-making power to employees, and empowering them to take ownership of their work and contribute to the success of the organization.

Here are a few ways you can give your team members freedom and trust in decision-making:

  • Clearly communicate expectations and goals
  • Provide adequate training and resources 
  • Offer guidance and support when needed
  • Celebrate successes and provide feedback when needed

Value Your Employees And They'll Value Their Job

Our frontline employees are the ones who are responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations and the majority of direct customer interactions. And, ensuring that they feel appreciated is a simple but powerful tool to motivate and retain them, increase employee loyalty and satisfaction, and ultimately, improve the company’s bottom line. If we do an excellent job of appreciating them, they’re going to be consistently reminded that their hard work and dedication are both noticed and valued. 

goHappy makes it easy to show your employee appreciation at any time with an easy-to-use and affordable texting tool. In less than 48 hours, we can have you ready to send company-wide text messages to every team member, an individual employee, or a segment of workers so that you and your team can directly express your appreciation for them. Schedule a no-pressure demo today, and let us show you the simplicity and power of goHappy so that you can easily and consistently express your appreciation for your frontline year-round.