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How can employees be helped to see how good their employer is?


We often hear about how important it is and the many different ways in which an employer can show appreciation to their employees but we never seem to consider matters the other way round namely, how can employees show their appreciation of their employer and realise how fortunate they are.

Some of the small business owner/managers I work with bend over backwards to look after their staff, giving generous salaries, terms and conditions, benefits and lots of extras and yet the employees never seem to be happy with their lot or even to say the occasional thank you. 

I'm looking for some creative training ideas that could enable employees to identify and realise how well off they are with certain employers. Any ideas?

5 Responses

  1. Just a quick thought


    How about doing some work around the psychological contract the business has with its staff? A good place to start might be the CIPD’s info on it:

    You could perhaps have a group discussion around what our employers expect from us and what we expect from our employers. At the same time another group could be looking at what we deliver for our employers and what our employers deliver for us.

    Or a brainstorm/icebreaker on "The best thing about working here is…………"

    Good luck

    Jenny James



  2. Should I stay or should I go?

    If I may offer an alternative view.

    Perhaps the issue isn’t with the overall package but more to do with the day to day management.

    I certainly wouldn’t stay somewhere just because the benefits were great, if I felt that I wasn’t being valued / respected.


  3. Motivation

    I recently saw this clip on YouTube that sums up the reasons I am grateful to my employers and the environment they have created for us to work in.

    I could no doubt get a higher salary and a better package elswhere but I don’t think I’d be as happy.


  4. Motivation

    Craig – loved the clip on YouTube.  It ties in with a lot of my thinking and could be just what I’m looking for.



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