If failure to appreciate employees is the single most important factor that drives workers screaming out of a company, appreciating your employees is one of the best ways of not only keeping them, but supporting their very best performance and productivity.
Appreciating employees goes way beyond bonuses and awards. It is, as the saying goes, “the little things,” your day to day practices, that show employees they are appreciated.
And one of the easiest, best ways to show employees you value them (which is what appreciation is all about), is to ask them, on a regular basis, for their thoughts and comments.
Kevin Eikenberry, in a recent “Remarkable Learning” tip, suggests nine questions that effectively elicit employee thoughts:
“1. What is your intention?
2. How would you suggest we proceed?
3. What is your recommendation?
4. How do you think/feel about it?
5. What do you see contributing to this problem?
6. What is the best next step?
7. What is your biggest concern?
8. Can you say more about that?
9. What is your greatest wish?”
Ask these and similar questions frequently, you’ll greatly enhance employee engagement, as well as glean all sorts of useful ideas with which to increase your company’s success.