Happy World Employee Appreciation Day!

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Research by the National Standards Authority of Ireland has found that one in three Irish employees don’t feel appreciated in their workplace.

The research was conducted for World Employee Appreciation Day as part of the NSAI’s Head of Excellence Through People scheme, which helps organisations to retain their finest asset, their employees.

Michelle BrowneMichelle Browne is head of the scheme and she says, “On World Employee Appreciation Day, we want to let employers and managers know that the NSAI is here to help.”

Listen to the podcast with Michelle below, and check out these ten ways the NSAI recommends for motivating staff:

  1. Personally thank employees for doing a good job one-on-one, in writing, or both. Do it timely, often, and sincerely.
  2. Be willing to take the time to meet with and listen to employees – as much as they need or want.
  3. Provide employees specific and frequent feedback about their performance. Support them in improving performance.
  4. Recognise, reward, and promote high performers; deal with low and marginal performers so that they improve.
  5. Provide information on how the company makes and loses money, upcoming products, and services and strategies for competing. Explain the employee’s role in the overall plan.
  6. Involve employees in decisions, especially as those decisions affect them. Involvement equals commitment.
  7. Give employees a chance to grow and learn new skills; encourage them to be their best. Show them how you can help them meet their goals while achieving the organisation’s goals. Create a partnership with each employee.
  8. Provide employees with a sense of ownership in their work and their work environment.
  9. Strive to create a work environment that is open, trusting, and fun. Encourage new ideas, suggestions, and initiative. Learn from, rather than punish for, mistakes.
  10. Celebrate successes of the company, of the department, and of individuals in it. Take time for team- and morale-building meetings and activities. Be creative and fresh.


For further information on how to motivate your staff, visit NSAI.ie or follow us on twitter @NSAI_Standards.