How to Go the Extra Mile for Your Employees

Employees who work hard deserve the same treatment. As a small business owner, it's your job to treat your staff when they go the extra mile — here are five tried-and-true ways to show your gratitude for their hard work.

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1. Improve Work-Life Balance

As the boss, you get to delegate how much each person has to do each day, month and year. You have the power to give each employee a healthy work-life balance, which is a stellar way to go the extra mile for them.

Employees can sometimes strike a good work-life balance themselves. Perhaps they turn down additional projects when their plates are full, or they carve out downtime in their schedules no matter what. But you can also ensure they don't have to do such planning and line-drawing by giving everyone rigorous but reasonable expectations. Many companies won't do this, so this is a great place to start when going the extra mile for your team.

2. Celebrate Accomplishments

Another way to show your employees you appreciate their hard work is to reward them for it. Incorporate awards into your workplace, and watch the winners beam when they take home prizes for their hard work. Even if you can't afford to fund gifts or raises, you can still highlight someone who has gone above and beyond with recognition in a meeting or even in a weekly email. So long as they're working hard, you should make a point to shine the spotlight on them.

3. Upgrade the Facilities

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A comfortable workspace needs more than just a coffeemaker and a water cooler. Make your workspace more inviting with ergonomic chairs and desks, painted walls, potted plants and open workspaces — whatever decor and accessories you think would make the office more special and enjoyable for your staffers.

To that end, some budgets might allow for an even bigger expense, such as catered breakfasts or semi-annual office parties. You could also upgrade the facilities. For instance, providing coverage to create a covered parking lot would keep your staffers' cars cooler and more comfortable in summer. It's a gesture that shows you think about your team throughout a day at work.

4. Have Dual Feedback Sessions

Feedback helps your employees to become better at their jobs. And, when you note they've improved in the highlighted areas, they walk away feeling accomplished and appreciated.

You can make these sessions more rewarding by opening up the conversation to your employee. Hearing their feedback and considering it in your day-to-day decisions could revolutionize the way you run your business. And simply showing you listen and care about your staff's opinions will show you are willing to go that extra mile to make them happy.

5. Be Flexible

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Finally, you can show your employees you care about them by being flexible with their schedules and needs. For instance, if a reliable staff member needs a later start so they can drop their children at school in the morning, consider such hours. Or, if staffers want to open the possibility of remote working some days each week to cut down on their commute times, that, too, could improve morale and show your team you trust and believe in them. Plus, it has been shown to boost both job satisfaction and productivity in employees.

Go the Extra Mile and Then Some

Ultimately, every employer's way of going the extra mile will be different. As a small business owner, you're the one in control. So, peruse the above five ideas and see which one(s) would best suit you and your staff. Then, make changes that show how much you appreciate your team — and they're sure to feel the love.

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