3 Signs Your Company Appreciates You
Benefits, perks and recognition – be it monetary or verbal – are all valued means of showing employees that management cares for their morale.
And with more and more companies vying against each other for the most outlandish and expensive benefits packages, the question of how to best to show appreciation to staff is being raised frequently by concerned bosses.
But are glittering perks packages really the way to go? Or does a thank you and a handshake suffice?
Research by recruiter Michael Page found that 82% of Brits think that their workplace benefits packages are outdated nightmares. Of the 1,000 surveyed, 64% believe that their employer is ploughing money into expensive benefits they don’t want, need or use. Rather than gimmicks, such as free massages, which were cited, 70% wanted practical benefits.
1. Flexible working is offered freely
The value of flexible working should be recognised and pushed forward by all responsible leaders. Research often places flexible working close to the top of the most wanted benefits lists. However, some firms are still reluctant to offer the perk.
2. Your manager respects your personal time
Work-life balance is often discussed when the issue of benefits arises. Of course, working beyond the normal limits of the nine-to-five day may be unavoidable some of the time. However, it’s not appropriate to have management emailing staff all hours of the day. Executive burnout is a real and present danger, and can lead to mental health issues and long-term absences if it prolongs.
3. Your opinions are taken on board and appreciated
Asking staff for their opinions and thoughts on an issue shows that you value their insights. Not only is this a good idea in terms of internal analysis, but it also shows that, as a leader, you’re flexible and approachable.
Conclusions from management and psychology specialist Professor Daniel Newark, and his co-authors Vanessa Bohns and Francis Flynn, explained that workers judge whether help will be willingly given, as well as the usefulness of that help, when deciding whether to ask.