As an employer, it is very important for you to let your employees know that you appreciate them and the good work that they do. After all, not only is it a nice thing to do, but it can help a lot with boosting employee morale and employee retention.

1. Tell Them

Sometimes simple methods are what works best. Simply telling your employees that you appreciate them doesn't cost anything, only takes a minute of your time and can do more than you think. Making a point to thank your employees for their hard work on a certain project that they have just completed or sending out an email to let your employees know that you noticed that they go above and beyond in their positions are two examples of doing this. Along with making your employees happy, this can also help you make sure that your employees know what they should and should not be doing in their jobs.

2. Give Them Employee Appreciation Gifts 

Another way that you can let your employees know that you appreciate them is by giving them creative employee appreciation gifts. In some situations, it might be worthwhile to give more high-end gifts, from nice watches to nice bottles of wine. However, there are affordable employee appreciation gifts that you can look into, too. Even small tokens of appreciation, such as a personalized mug or a decent pen, can show your employees how much you care. 

3. Give Them Good References

Even if your employees do well in their jobs, and even if you give them praise and otherwise show them that you appreciate them, they might move on to other companies at some point for one reason or another. This doesn't mean that you should stop doing what you can to show them that you appreciate what they have done for you and your company. For example, writing a letter of reference that they can use when looking for another job or enrolling in school can go a long way in both showing your past employees how much you appreciate them and helping them achieve their goals.

If you haven't been making an effort to show your employees that you appreciate them or if you are wondering about new ways to do so, consider the three options above. They aren't hard to do, but they can make a bigger difference for your employees than you might think.