Employee Appreciation Day.
Employee appreciation day is an interesting phenomenon. Let's face it, for a business to be successful, employees must know that they are appreciated every day. So as we reflect on this day and the other 364 days of the year, here are five tips to making this and every day an employee appreciation day.
#1. Do not underestimate the power of a meaningful THANK YOU! Everyone is busy, it's easy to ask for something and not say thank you. In the wise words of Mark Twain:
I can live for two weeks on a good compliment
#2. Celebrate your employees - on a regular basis. Once a year isn't enough, once a quarter isn't enough. For recognition to be meaningful, it must be consistent and timely. How? Have occasional office department/company lunches. Plan team outings - bowling, picnics, etc. Use these outings to share team and invidivual successes. These don't need to be high budget recognition events - it's not about the amount of money spent, it's about spending time together.
#3. Employee recognition should sometimes be impromptu. When you "catch" someone in the act, recognize them, at that moment. Send an email out to the organization highlighting the success, This communication reinforces the right behavior and gives immediate recognition to the individual. You can use On-the-Spot cards as a way to reinforce that behavior and add an element of financial recognition to the event.
#4. There's nothing like 1 on 1 time. One one ones, with people who aren't your direct staff, is a great way to give recognition and gain new insights. Conversations change when you take someone to lunch. It creates a more personal connection and ultimately, personal connections are what people want.
#5. Develop your employees. Nothing makes an employee feel under-appreciated more quickly than a dead-end job. Training should be and ongoing aspect of people's work lives. Include training in employees development plans and stick to them. It's easy to get busy and think - we'll deal with that next quarter. The reality is, that may be too late,
There is no one "silver bullet". It a combination of people, processes, culture and recognition coming together. Share your stories with us, what is your organization doing to help your employees live happier lives at work?
About the Author
Jeff Ford is a co-founder of Perks and was the original architect of Perk’s SaaS incentive solution. Since the inception of the company, he has spearheaded the direction of everything from IT to Operations to Finance. He is passionate about technology and how the web has truly changed how we work and motivate our employees, partners and customers. Jeff’s background, prior to Perks, was spent as a solution architect, web developer and as a controller in the distribution and logistics industry. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, from the University of Central Arkansas. He brings his dog Xee to work every day and considers himself lucky and proud to be a part of such a great team.More Content by Jeff Ford