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Eight Ways to Show Your Employees the Love

Posted: November 26, 2008

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Help them improve themselves. Your employees appreciate it when you are willing to invest in their future and help them widen their horizons. You can do this by paying for them to attend a class to learn a new technique or service.

Help them get healthy. Providing your employees with a gym membership can have multiple benefits. It's another great way for you to say thank you and help them improve their lives, but there are other benefits as well. First of all, you can get a group deal at your local gym so the cost to you won't be very significant. Secondly, your exercised employees will have more energy that they will expend at work. Finally, their improved health will help you save on health insurance and paid sick days.

Ask them what they'd like to improve about the business. You might be surprised by what you hear. One employee might suggest some new treatment tables while another might suggest a new way for greeting clients. Either way they will be changes that will help them do their jobs better. It will make them feel like they have some ownership in your company—plus, it can be hard for an employee to leave when he feels that he has helped build your company into the great business it is.

"Your employees know that times are tough, so it is unlikely that they are going to be screaming 'Show me the money' at you," says Hess. "But when all of this is over, you don't want them looking back and thinking Man, I really worked hard for my boss when he needed me and not once did he say thank you. Your employees want to do a great job for you. They want you to care. So show it to them! It's that simple."