It’s the Thought That Counts
Managers are quick to admonish an employee when under-performing and when mistakes are made. When an employee does wrong it rarely ever goes unnoticed. Employees are expected to do the job they are hired to do and expected to do it well. Employees are human though and mistakes are made. Mistakes however are often few and far between yet they are noticed, however when all deadlines are met, targets achieved, projects completed, the recognition for the same is missing in many organizations. As a manager, it is important to realize that taking time to recognize employees’ contributions, whether big or small, go a long way in bringing out the best in them…as well as in your organization. Being noticed helps with employee engagement and morale. Everyone likes to feel valued and appreciated. Simple acknowledgments of recognition are a great way to motivate your employees to perform better and appreciating their work. Below are a few suggestions to incorporate into your total recognition strategy to help promote a culture of recognition within your organization:
A Hand-Written Note of Appreciation
This is number one on my list because it is personal as well as lasting and are often saved and read later and serve as a remembrance of the action being recognized. A simple thanks or pat on the shoulder and “job well done” is good, but putting it on paper has long lasting value.
eCards and eCertificates
Quick and easy to create and share, these make a great solution for on-the-spot recognition. These Software as a Service solutions are free and provided by Award Concepts.
A Stress Reliever Kit
Your employees go through a lot of stress daily in order to complete projects and achieve important deadlines. As such, a stress reliever kit can go a long way. This kit could include things like: CD with relaxing music or of their favorite artists, some chocolates, fruit, and a journal (used to vent by writing in it to release stress). These will allow them to take a break from the built up stress of their job. This will signify to them that you recognize and understand the difficulties of their job and will also demonstrate that you value their contributions and they will be motivated to perform better and complete the projects on their to-do list.
A Day Of(f) Fun
To recognize the efforts after achieving an important deadline, give your employee the day off and do not disturb them with calls about work so that they have a free day to unwind and relax and forget about work for at least a day. You can even do this for a particular team that worked together by giving each team member their day off at different times throughout the month. You may think that you can’t afford to give a day off, but their efforts will double once they are rejuvenated and refreshed.
Setup a wall in common area such as a hallway, break-room, lunch-room, etc. to dedicate a space on the wall to recognize and showcase those who have made a significant contribution to the organization. This could include photos and descriptions each employee’s contributions. These could be submitted by fellow employees and in doing so a strong rapport is built amongst colleagues which is the foundation of any great organization.
As the saying goes, “it’s the thought that counts”. Nothing is more valuable to an employee than knowing that their contributions to the organization do not go unnoticed. No employee wants to go to work and leave without knowing/feeling like they’ve made an positive impact on the organization. As managers, it is up to you to let them know how important they are and how much you value their efforts.
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