It’s that time of year of again! As you prepare for Thanksgiving, you are probably also creating a list of things you are thankful for. Most of these lists usually include friends and family.
While remembering to thank your loved ones in your personal life is important, it should also be extended into the workplace. Here are some suggestions for how you can give thanks more effectively to your team.
Moments not money
Although it may be tempting to just give a gift card to show you care, as many companies often do, it’s always better to get more creative.
One of the best ways to reward employees is to offer them free memberships to eLearning platforms like One Month. This allows them to learn more about topics or skills they are personally interested in but may not be related to their current role. Other ideas include extra days off, temporary position swaps, and allowing a pet-friendly day.
Appreciate the Small Stuff
Accomplishments can often go unnoticed, particularly if your company is large or if there are a lot of people on your team. However, what differentiates an average manager from an exceptional one is noticing the seemingly small changes. The amount of effort an employee puts into a specific project or task may not always be obvious so it’s important to pay attention.
Also, you shouldn’t wait until the end of the project to say thank you or take the time to show appreciation. Instead, create milestones to celebrate smaller victories to incentivize your staff to continue working hard.
Employee recognition should not only occur once or twice a year. The frequency of rewards matters just as much as the type of reward a person receives. In order for employees to feel appreciated and experience growth at the company, there needs to be a continuous effort towards offering positive rewards.
Have you ever wondered why classroom leaderboards were so effective for motivating kids to do well? One of the reasons is because receiving a star immediately after a positive behavior encourages them to want more stars for future events.
The same holds true for the work environment. Whether your team has an Employee of the Month Program or automates the process with RubiBoard, it is important to be aware of the timing of your rewards.
About the Author
Nana Dooreck, founder of Rubicore, has worked to improve people management through recruitment, learning and development and performance feedback. Follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.Tags: giving thanks, thank employees