How to Make Employees Feel Valued

Do your employees feel valued? How do you know? It’s been shown that when employees feel valued, they’re more likely to remain loyal to the library/organization, even if everything is not perfect. Increased job satisfaction can lead to improved performance and reduced turnover. Clearly, employers have an incentive to ensure employees feel appreciated—but how can they do that? This article offers a variety of suggestions that managers/employers can use to make sure employees know they are valued. Most are simple and inexpensive (e.g. asking for their opinions, saying thank you, etc.). Other suggestions such as investing in employees’ continued development, can have a positive impact on employees’ growth, self-confidence and feelings of being appreciated. How does your library/organization show employees how much they’re valued? Write us at libraryworklife@ala.org to let us know.