In the spirit of the holidays we would like to remind employers why they should thank their employees on a regular basis. Many employers forget that their employees are the reason for their company’s successes, or sometimes failures. Oh, and by the way, building a happy company has direct results on building a profitable company. “Organizations [with recognized employees] grew profits as much as 3x’s faster than their competitors.” There doesn’t need to be an occasion to say ‘thank you’ or ‘great job’. Doing so on a regular basis can actually make your company money. It is a win-win.
1. Give them an award. Start the ‘employee of the month’ technique and spotlight one employee every month. Give them a plaque, special parking spot, a gift card for a month’s worth of coffee, a corner office for the month, or anything else that jives with your company culture. Be original with it. If you really want to go over and above, don’t give the same reward every month. Change it up depending on the recipient.
2. Write them a poem and then read it out loud to their entire department. This may sound absolutely ridiculous but it is heartfelt. This would only work with certain personalities but would be a great, fun way to say ‘thank you’ for something that the employee did. Make it public within the company and post it in your Bloomfire!
3. Have something delivered to their home. A great private way to say ‘thank you’ is to send a card or flowers to the employee’s home. It will be a nice reminder to the employee that they are truly appreciated at their workplace. Make the gift something for the employee’s entire family. There’s a lot to be said for the support system your employees have outside of working hours.
4. Just say thank you. A plain and simple, yet sincere, thank you can go a long way. Pull your employee into your office and let them know they are doing a great job and that you are happy to have them on the team. This isn’t a time for corrections it is only a time to say ‘thanks.’
Employees will be more than willing to work hard for an employer they trust and respect, which in return helps the company grow in a positive direction. My note to you as a boss is to step up your ‘thank yous’ and let your employees know that they are important and their hard work does not go unnoticed.
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