Did you know that Friday, March 7, 2014 is Employee Appreciation Day? Perhaps you already have something planned to show your employees you care.
Well just in case you don't, we've put together four simple ways to show your employees just how much you value them. These are things that won't break the bank but will leave a lasting impression on your employees.
Here are four ways to recognize employees on Employee Appreciation Day:
1. Feed them. Whether it's a small chocolate placed at every workstation, or bowls of candy left in the kitchen, or even a full on pizza lunch...food is a great way to show you care.
2. Give a personal note of thanks. Give each of your employees a card recognizing and/or thanking them for a specific accomplishment or achievement that has made your life easier, improved the business or simplified a process. The key here is to be specific in this recognition. And taking the time to deliver your appreciation the old fashioned way (i.e. with pen on paper) versus by email is a great way to demonstrate your heartfelt thanks.
3. Share a career management resource. A key leadership skill is the ability to develop others. Why not share a career management article with each of your employees that speaks to their unique development or career goals? Take it a step further and ask your employees for their input on the article and how they might apply the principles discussed in the article in their daily work.
4. Ask your employees for feedback. Use this day as an opportunity to sit down one-on-one with your employees and ask them to tell you how you're doing as a manager. Be specific in your request:
- What's one thing I'm doing to support you that's working well?
- What's one thing I can do to better support you?
Then commit to taking action on that feedback.
Bonus tip: Make employee appreciation a year-long activity
Performance feedback and employee recognition are key to driving employee engagement and decreasing turnover. So be sure to make time for it on a regular basis.
Questions to consider:
- When was the last time you praised your manager or a co-worker for their work?
- When did you last give someone positive feedback on his or her performance?
- Do you remember to thank people who co-operate or collaborate with you, teach you something, or contribute to your success in some way?
- Do you help celebrate the accomplishments of others at work?
Look at Employee Appreciation Day as way to highlight how much you value your employees - and see it as a great reminder to recognize and praise them all year round. Happy Employee Appreciation Day!
[Updated: Friday, March 7, 2014]
This morning every Halogen Software employee received a sweet treat to let us know just how much we're valued by the organization: a small box of Halogen-branded chocolate. Delish!
In photo above: A few of my colleagues with their yummy Halogen chocolate.
Your Turn: How is your organization celebrating Employee Appreciation Day? How do your celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of your employees the whole year through?