“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” – John Ruskin

As employees are your business’s greatest asset, showing your appreciation for everything they do is as important as any other essential part of running your business. Employee appreciation comes in many forms, but whether big or small, every gesture of appreciation shows them that you care.  

You can keep things simple with some well-thought-out words of appreciation but showing, rather than telling employees that you care can be a lot more meaningful. Here are 4 kind gestures you can use to show that care. 

Say thank you
Whether you say it with a note, in person, or in an email, expressing gratitude is one of the kindest and simplest gestures you can do to show you care. Although having a culture of gratitude is great practice in the workplace, going a step further to make it personal makes it extra special.

Besides personally thanking each employee, being specific with your appreciation increases its value. Including details about what you appreciate with regards to their work or behavior in the workplace will encourage them to keep it up. 

Celebrate milestones
Recognizing every win in the workplace, even the small ones, is a great way to boost morale and make employees feel appreciated. Most companies celebrate employees’ notable achievements only but milestones are also a good cause for a celebration. 

It’s up to you to select what milestones your company will recognize and celebrate. It can be something as big as a decade of service in the company, or small like selecting an employee of the month or the best team player. You can celebrate them with a little reward to show that you recognize and care about the effort they put into their work.   

Give them a gift card
Gift cards may be considered cliche but if you put a little effort into selecting them, they can be the most thoughtful gift. Choosing a gift card for the recipient according to their interests is the easiest way to make it less generic and more personal. 

Figuring out every employee's preferences and picking out gift cards for them can be a daunting task just to show you care. Luckily, Gifted.co makes this bit hassle-free and efficient by offering multiple choice gift cards for various categories; from entertainment and fashion to sports, fitness, arts, and crafts.  

Offer to mentor them
The saying, “if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime,” holds a valuable lesson. The workplace thrives on the process of continuing education. Providing mentorship opportunities for your employees shows that you care enough to help them improve and advance their skills, as well as their careers.

You can talk to employees to get an idea of what skills they’d like to polish up or learn so you can tailor your mentorship efforts according to that to make it more beneficial for them.   

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop