Most people do not understand the value of providing employees with tools and education as a gift. One of the biggest “gifts” you can give your employees is the gift of independence. Let them do their jobs. Sure, management is needed but you shouldn’t be over their shoulder every second of the day.
Employees are typically hired because the employer believes they have the skillset, or they can learn the skillset, to do the job. Peering over the shoulder of employees stresses them out and puts them on the defense. Unless they give you a reason to do this, give your employees the gift of independence.
Employees love independence more than they value a raise or a gift certificate to the movies (which is a lame appreciation gift BTW). So, as we head into Friday – consider what educational and growth “gifts” you can reward your employees with on Monday.