It is much easier to keep a good employee than to find a new one. All the training and everything that goes into hiring someone new will set you back weeks, if not months, at work. You would be better off keeping your turnover rate low and your employees happy. You don’t have to break the bank to do this by giving them outlandish raises either. Just help them feel more appreciated. Listed below are three tips on how to keep your employees with a smile on their face.

Have Employee Appreciation Day Once a Month

When was the last time you had employee appreciation day? If you are like many bosses, the answer would be never. There is a Boss Appreciation Day and a Secretary Day but there rarely is a day celebrating all of your employees. It does not have to be anything extravagant either. Just whip up a special luncheon for your employees or let them all leave a couple hours early at the end of the day. If you want to get really fancy, make it a special dinner instead and consult an event planner for your business events to give it a little more pizzazz. Your employees will appreciate the free meal and the extra time you spent on all of it.

Know Their Birthdays

It takes more than calling an employee by their first name to make them feel special. This does not mean you have to go through their family tree and look for rare facts about them. All you have to do is acknowledge and celebrate their birthday in some way. Perhaps give them a card and allow them to have half the day off with pay. After all, there are many people that do not celebrate their birthdays at all simply because nobody makes the effort. If their boss is the one that makes their birthday a big deal, they will appreciate you and what you do for them.

Recognize Outstanding Work

A pat on the back goes a long way in life. It does not matter if the pat on the back is from your parents, a friend, or your boss. Little things matter in life. If an employee lands a new account, go and find them and tell them thanks. If an employee stays late one night to finish their work, let them know how thankful you are for it. Even if an employee helps out another employee with car trouble, let them know this all matters. Being a boss or an owner of a company means more than just hiring and firing. It means making the employees feel like family.