It’s no secret. Your staff has a lot on their plate. But when your management creatively and regularly shows gratitude to their employees, they are developing a culture of employee recognition. And when your staff feels that their contribution adds value to your organization, your company is more likely to reap the harvest—increased employee retention, boosted morale, and improved productivity.
You may already be singing your staff’s praises in meetings and in internal communication but adding an element of creativity when showing gratitude can make a standard practice feel much more meaningful.
The Thanksgiving season is the perfect opportunity to institute a culture of thankfulness that reciprocates year-round. Here are five easy-as-pie ways to show gratitude to your employees…in any season.
1. Acknowledge Achievements
Gathering recognition for team efforts and celebrating employee success whenever they meet goals, complete projects, and make personal professional achievements can go a long way in ensuring your staff members feel valued. You can show gratitude to your employees in an email, team meetings, team huddles, or any meetings your team regularly holds. Another idea is to let peers celebrate each other by nominating an employee of the month.
2. Time Off
One way to keep staff’s engagement and productivity bountiful, especially when their effort has been on point, is to reward their success with a day off or to allow the employee or team to enjoy a temporary flex schedule. Sufficient time off is key to keeping staff energized and mentally healthy, especially after completing big projects.
3. Financial Incentives
What better way to eat, drink, and be thankful than to present gift cards. You can target favorite restaurants and cafes as smaller rewards and monetary bonuses for bigger successes. Money is always a practical way to say thank you, and you will show your employees your gratitude is sincere.
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4. Reward System
Spice up the spoils of hard work with a reward system. Give staff members the opportunity to earn points then choose their own gifts. Allow them to choose from options such as a team lunch or credit towards continuing education opportunities. Points used toward company-sponsored team outings, like happy hour or sporting events, not only reward hard work but also build comradery.
5. Solicit and Celebrate Feedback
There’s always room at the table when you’re looking for an anonymous way to include and celebrate staff contributions. Consider instituting periodic surveys, which give all employees a voice when it comes to topics that impact them individually, such as teamwork, management, and professional growth opportunities. You can also ask for what they would like to be rewarded with, they are sure to have great ideas!
A company culture centered on appreciation brings value to an organization that will run deeper than casual highlights of employee efforts via meetings and emails. When you show gratitude to your employees, you are increasing their satisfaction. High employee satisfaction leads to an overall positive work environment, positive brand impact in the community, and bottom-line revenue. Now that’s something to be thankful for!
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