November 24, 2021

7 Ways to Show You Are Thankful for Your Recruiters

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According to one survey by Glassdoor, four in five employees said they’re motivated to do more work if they feel like their employers appreciate them. 

In addition to that, half of the employees said that they would be willing to stay at a company longer if they felt like they were valued. While companies are struggling to battle The Great Resignation, this may be the key you need to retain some of your current employees and keep them from going to becoming job seekers and looking for the next job.

And with Thanksgiving approaching, now is the perfect time to show your recruiters, hiring managers, and employees that you are thankful for them. But what are some of the best ways to show your appreciation?

Keep reading for seven ways that you can show appreciation for your top talent!

1. Provide Feedback

One of the best ways recruiters feel like they’re doing a good job is to get feedback. Even if it’s developmental feedback, that can still make the recruiter feel like you’re paying attention to the recruiters’ work and care about them enough to help them grow. 

While positive feedback is essential, if that’s all your employee ever hears, then they may not think it’s meaningful or valid. On the flip side, if your employee only gets negative feedback, they may get frustrated and quit. 

One strategy you can use to combat this problem is to offer both types of feedback using a sandwich method. To do this, start with some positive feedback. Then deliver your negative feedback, but follow it up with something else positive. That way, the employee remembers the two good things and doesn’t feel as discouraged about the negative feedback. 

However, keep in mind that while giving feedback is important, you should also be open to receiving feedback from your employees. Send out an anonymous survey that professional recruiters and hiring managers can fill out. 

This is the best way to figure out what areas you need to improve on to benefit your employees in the best way. It would help if you asked questions about leadership, career growth, and teamwork. 

You may want to ask where you need to improve, what you’re doing well, and what other feedback they think is important to provide. This makes your employees feel like they’re a genuine part of the organization and that you are listening to them. 

2. Give Your Employees a Voice

Appreciating your employees isn’t just about giving them feedback. You need to provide them with a voice through the culture of your company. Show them that they have real choices and their opinions will effect change.

Give them the independence to make their own decisions rather than always tasking them. For example, let recruiters decide which qualified candidates they want to screen.

Let them decide which job boards to post on and how to write the job listings. Let your hiring manager determine which candidates to hire for an open position.

When an employee does come to you with concerns or ideas on how to change something, don’t dismiss them. Instead, try to find a solution that works for both of you.

3. Update Your Company Culture

One way to show you appreciate your internal recruiters is to let them have a flexible schedule. You may want to have core hours for your company that employees must be online or in the office, but other than that, let them make their own schedules.

For example, give them the option to take a break in the middle of the day to go for a walk and boost their productivity. This will also foster trust between the employer and the employee. 

Give your employees some extra time off before a holiday or a weekend. For Thanksgiving, this can be the perfect opportunity to show that you appreciate all that they’ve done for you throughout the year. 

In most industries, recruiting gets slow at the end of the year, so you can give your employees a week off after Christmas. Doing this will let them recharge and spend time with their families. That way, they can hit the ground running at the beginning of the following year. 

Another way to update your company culture is to ensure that employees have access to job training, additional education, or mentorship programs. 

When you give your recruiters the education and skillset they need to do well in their job, they’ll do great. Ensure they have enough time to schedule some training and learn how to use new recruiting software or tools. 

Let your employees attend educational conferences as well. This can be a great chance to learn new skills, stay updated with the latest news, connect with potential candidates, and network with other recruiters

If you pay for the conference and the meeting, your employees will realize that you do care about them and want them to succeed at your company. 

4. Offer Financial Incentives

Nothing shows that you appreciate your recruiters more than offering financial incentives as well. You can do this even if you have a small budget.

To start with, start offering gift cards to coffee shops or local stores. Suppose you want to implement a program to reward significant accomplishments. In that case, you could offer bonuses on a quarterly or annual basis. Some companies even provide spot bonuses for employees who worked well on a project. 

5. Recognize Employees’ Efforts

While financial incentive is excellent, recognizing your recruiters’ efforts to find top talent can also go a long way. According to one study, 58% of surveyed employees said that they just wanted recognition. Despite that, 65% of employees said they received no recognition within the last year.

While some employees may enjoy recognition for their work in large groups or meetings, it may be more sincere if you do it on a one-on-one basis. You could try writing thank you cards or even a nice email.

Make sure that when you give recognition, you do it promptly. The faster you recognize the employee’s accomplishments, the more likely they will think that it’s important to you. 

6. Create a Reward System

It can be hard to cater to each employee’s different needs for appreciation. However, by creating a reward system, you can cater to each employee. 

When someone earns a reward, you’ll let them choose from different types of recognition, which makes sure that they feel heard in their way. 

You can do this by assigning different points for different tasks and accomplishments. Track how many points each team or individual earns, and then let them trade off their points for whatever reward suits their needs the best.

7. Set Up Wellness Days

While your employees likely have Thanksgiving off, you may want to show your appreciation by giving them extra days off that don’t count against their PTO. 

Employee wellness days are a great way to show your employees that you care about their health, but it also shows that you appreciate how hard they’ve been working. 

With how busy the Great Resignation has made recruiters, this can be a great way to give them a break and do some self-care to keep hiring great candidates for your business. 

Discover More Ways to Show You’re Thankful For Recruiters

However, even though Thanksgiving is the perfect time to show that you’re thankful for your employees, you should make appreciation and gratitude a daily part of your company’s culture. This is the best way to ensure that your employees are happy where they work.

Another great way to show your recruiters that you appreciate all the work they do for you is to provide them with the tools necessary to do their job effectively.

You can start by using our computer-powered recruiting software! This will help make the hiring process for your business much more efficient.

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Alyssa Harmon is the content manager of Recruiter Today.
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