Recognizing hard work goes a long way in helping employees stay motivated, and this is especially important now. With winter in full swing, employee recognition is not something you want to put on the backburner. Below freezing temperatures, snow, and long, dark days is a recipe for low energy, fatigue, and moodiness in the workplace. The best way to combat the winter blues is by acknowledging employees who put in that extra hour or take that additional step. Consistent acknowledgement of hard work, good ideas, and dedication can be that extra push an employee needs to make it to spring.
We’ve pointed at the fact that millennials in the workplace crave praise in a previous post
, and we’re looking at that fact again today. The twenty-somethings in your office want to know where they stand at all times, and they’re not going to hunt you down to find that out. A simple thank you might seem a small gesture, but it is sure to have a huge impact on their efficiency and mood. Taking a minute or two from your day to acknowledge their efforts will diminish any doubts they may have about where they’re working or how they’re spending their time – common concerns for gen Y-ers. Never underestimate the power of those two little words.
Displaying appreciation needn’t cost an arm and a leg. Sure, a bump in pay is nice, but there are many other, more personal ways to tell your employees that they are doing a great job. Consider publicizing your appreciation. Even your most modest employees won’t mind being in the spotlight (though, it might be safe to ask). Let others know about the clever idea they had in the next meeting. Or, take it online. Another way to offer public praise is through social media. If you haven’t already, connect with your employees on LinkedIn, then write an authentic endorsement that highlights their unique skillset and excellent work ethic.
Others will notice when only one member of a department is getting all the attention. This can cause rifts among employees, which can create an unhealthy work environment. Avoid being accused of picking favorites by acknowledging the entire team. The best way to do this is with food, of course. Rewarding your employees with donuts or bagels in the morning is not only a great way to show thanks, it will also foster a sense of cohesion between team members. Whether you choose sweet or savory, round dough with a hole is a great way to start the day and boost morale.
Gratitude comes in a broad range of flavors, and we’re not just talking about food. How you say thank you is critical to so many factors that make a company successful – employee retention, manager-staff relationships, and company morale. How do you go about employee recognition? At LinkNow Media, we love hearing about what other companies are doing when it comes to expressing thanks. Let us know in the comments section below!