5 Tips On Employee Appreciation

Did you know Employee Appreciation Day was on Friday, March 7th this year? Did your company or department do anything special? There may have been a small celebration or a thank you email that went out. Maybe you or your employer didn’t do anything to recognize the day. If you, however, are a manager or human resources professional thinking, “employee appreciation should be celebrated and recognized more than once a year,” then you are on the right track when it comes to showing your employees you care.

5 Tips On Employee AppreciationAccording to this report, 653 respondents were asked if their company rewarded according to their job performance. 54% said, “No.” Conversely, when asked if they liked to have their efforts and contributions recognized at work, 86% said, “Yes.”

Employee appreciation and recognition directly correlates with employee satisfaction. Satisfied employees are less likely to look for other jobs and are more likely to be motivated to perform their best.

Here are five tips on how to show your appreciation:

  1. Do it Often and On Time – Employee Appreciation Day is great, but the message is much more powerful when it is delivered on a regular basis. Aim to say your thanks as soon as the event that prompted it occurs. This is interpreted as more sincere, as opposed to thanking them months later during an annual review.
  2. Get Specific – Explaining why you are appreciative paints a clearer picture of the behavior you value. When employees know what they are recognized and rewarded for, the chance of them repeating the performance is higher.
  3. Reward with What They Want – Rewarding employees along with recognition goes a long way. Consider allowing them to choose their own reward.
  4. Let it Be Known – Sharing successes and recognition with the entire department or company not only magnifies the praise, but it also sets an example for others to follow.
  5. Be Spontaneous – Recognition should be unexpected. This way, it focuses on praising a job well done rather than becoming an expected reward for completing a set goal or project.

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John Cuellar

John Cuellar

John is responsible for SyncHR’s product, engineering, and system operations teams. He is focused on streamlining the business processes related to HCM and finance by distributing SyncHR to all members of the workforce and by using patented security and workflow to control these developments. John is also responsible for delivering SyncHR as a cloud based application with “extreme ratio” financial metrics.

He has a background in engineering, workplace applications, and business administration, bringing over 25 years of experience deploying strategic HCM applications. Prior to co-founding SyncHR, John was the CEO of Harbor Technologies, since acquired by Mellon Financial Corporation. Previous to Harbor Technology Group, he spent an internship with the Swiss Bank Corporation in their derivatives pricing and trading group and also worked as a senior manager for the US Navy. John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and his Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.

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