The past few years have been tough for some couples and for employers as well. Being squeezed into close quarters while trying to work from home has been a challenge for many.
It’s no wonder why many are questioning their relationships at home and with their employer.
As Valentine’s Day, the holiday of love, is still fresh on our minds, here’s how to reignite the flames at work and to get your employees to fall in love with you again.
Demonstrate your love for your employees by doing something different this year. Think outside the chocolate box. What can you do that would be really memorable for your people?
How about offering several free passes to take time off from work this year? Or, if you’re team has been working remotely and will soon be returning to the office, you can gift employees with several weeks to work from anywhere.
Dish up your appreciation. When work from home became the only option, employees had little choice but to ramp up at-home cooking activities. In the beginning, cooking kept one’s mind off the fact that we were stuck at home. Now, many would give up just about anything not to prepare another meal. That’s where you come in.
Send a personalized note telling your employee how much you appreciate them and slip in a gift card to a local restaurant that does takeout. In your note, invite them to take the night off on you. Be generous and include enough money so the family or a friend can dine with them when doing so.
Be generous. People say you can’t buy love. I’m of the mindset that a bit of generosity, in the form of a big-hearted gift, can certainly go a long way in the love or even like department.
An example of this is Amazon’s bold move to increase the base pay for corporate and tech workers dramatically. Amazon is doubling its base pay to $350k for these workers, citing the labor market. One can only guess that there is a whole lot of hugging and high-fiving going on over there, along with a surge of applicants.
Whatever you’re considering for this year’s salary raises or bonuses, I’d encourage you to double down on that number. This gesture of generosity will go a long way in helping you retain your talent.
Give your employees a gift that they can’t get elsewhere—great leadership. People don’t work for companies. They work for people.
It’s no secret that great leaders are in short supply. Therefore, if you’re willing to invest in your people and develop your managers into magnetic leaders, you’ll most likely retain the hearts and minds of your team members through thick and thin.
Here’s to love!