It’s one thing to tell someone you appreciate them, but showing appreciation through your daily actions and behaviors can be even more impactful. Here are some simple ways you can show your team you value them, especially amid the day-to-day grind.
Show your appreciation for people’s presence. Greet people by name when they arrive at the office or join a meeting—and say goodbye when they leave. It may sound like simple common courtesy, but these small gestures add up to a culture of respect and appreciation.
Show your appreciation for people’s ideas and contributions. Nurture a culture of sharing ideas by calling on people, particularly those who are more junior or typically quiet, for their input in meetings. Honor their ideas and expertise by giving them credit—for example, “Maria is actually the one who came up with the idea for this project and has been leading the team to make the result happen.”
Show your appreciation for people’s lives outside of work. For your employees to feel appreciated, they need to know that you understand their passions, priorities, and responsibilities outside of work. Take the time to ask about your direct reports’ weekends, holidays, and hobbies. Learn about their families, kids, and what they do for fun. And above all, respect work-life boundaries.