The best gifts are NOT materialistic.
While materialistic gifts can give the recipient joy, the non-materialistic gifts leave an impact. Words, when used right, are much better gifts than all materialistic gifts ever. That is what I employ when it comes to gift giving. I believe in the power of words and actions more than anything else.
Of course you can wrap up gifts for your employees on Christmas and New Year and on birthdays but with that, in day to day life, if you could shower them with smaller gifts, you will actually help them mold into better employees!
We all want to be encouraged. We all want to be smiled at when we are stressed. Don’t you think your employees need that, too? We live in extremely stressful times and during these times, a few words of encouragement can help your employees a great deal.
You, as the leader, have to step up and understand the stress that your employees go through. Take a step ahead and give them the gift of courage. Let them know everything will be okay.
Say you came up with a superb idea that has the potential of helping your company leap to success. Now say your partner and your investors don’t even acknowledge it. How would you feel? You, the leader, must give credit when credit is due. According to me, that is the number one rule of leading.
Don’t take your employees for granted. Don’t think that it is their job to come up with new ideas or presentations or anything else. If they do something commendable, let them know that you appreciate it. Give them the gift of appreciation. Let them know that you value their efforts.
Compliments can do more than just make the other person smile. A small compliment can actually lift a person when he is down and out. The compliment can even make the employee perform better.
No, I am not asking you to lie and flatter. Speak the truth. One compliment may end up being the inspiration for your employee. Give your employees the gift of compliments. Let them know you understand their value.
These three gifts can light up your employees, motivate them, and have faith in themselves.
Employees need encouragement, credit, and compliments. Give them all these gifts when they are due and you will have a set of happier and motivated employees, willing to put in extra effort to perform better.