1. Say Thank You!
There are many ways to say thank you, but simply saying it is immediate and may be just what is needed to brighten someone’s day and encourage them to keep up the good work.
Gift cards, certificates, thank you cards and even e-cards last long after the day is through.
Don’t just focus on individual accomplishments, recognize when good team work happens and share the reward together. Donuts and Chocolate anyone?
Group email, whiteboards and department meetings are all good ways to recognize accomplishments so that others can see the good work that was done.
Before sending your next thank you email stop and send thanks using pen and paper instead. Be specific, detailing names and situations that you are recognizing.
You won’t be able to recognize every outstanding accomplishment from employees immediately, but you can let them know that you notice their good work. Tally, collect, and display commendations and evidence of good work on your office door or desk and remind everyone that you notice what good work they do.
Where do your employees go to eat, do they have a favorite snack, television show or band? Customize thank you gifts and messages with elements that reflect their interests.
Listen to what each person is telling you about how they would like to be recognized. Offer time to chat about your pride in their performance and share a snack.
If appropriate, invite employees to cross-train, attend committee meetings, or presentations in order to honor their good work.
There are many ways to recognize the good accomplishments of employees. Invent new ways by considering how you encourage your friends and family and imagine the small tokens of thanks that you would appreciate receiving yourself.