As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s nice to sit back and reflect on what we are thankful for. It’s also a great time to give thanks for what we have. This thankfulness does not just apply to individuals, but is a great practice for businesses as well. Our employees spend more time in the office and with their co-workers than they spend at home with their families.
In a survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Glassdoor, 53% of employees said they would stay at their company longer if they felt more appreciation from their boss. In addition, 81% said they are motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work. As we discussed in our previous blog, engaged employees are a greater business asset than those who are not. While you sit back to reflect on your thankfulness this holiday season, remember to thank those that work for you, with you, and around you.
The following are just a few ways to show your fellow employees/colleagues you’re thankful for the hard work they do every day.
Say, “Thank You.”
Saying thank you is not just a practice for the holiday season. A simple thank you can make a person’s day…any day. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to thank someone for something they’ve done. In fact, according to Joyce K. Reynolds, an expert business coach, “While salary increases, bonuses, perks and other financial rewards are very important to employees, recognition and genuine appreciation can prove to be the primary keys to talent growth and retention.” So as you pack up for your holiday trip this season, take a minute to thank all of those who you work with. You’d be amazed at what a simple thank you can do for someone.
Share the ‘Perks’
As a manager, do you have any special perks? Maybe a parking space? A gym membership your company pays for? Membership to a country club? Why not share this with a valued employee this holiday season? Maybe Joe from accounting has been a rockstar this year. Give him your parking spot for a week or two. You don’t have to give it away forever, but for a short period to make Joe feel extra appreciated. Has Martha in HR been knocking it out of the park for you? Give her a complimentary guest pass to your health club or your country club. It’s the small gestures that really make people feel special.
Plan a Company Potluck
Not only does a company potluck keep your employees from having to bring lunch (or worry about which fast food establishment to hit that day), it also encourages collaboration and meeting new people. Ask a couple people from different departments to coordinate the potluck. By choosing people from different departments, your employees are forced to meet people outside of their department. Bringing people together for lunch lets them step away from their daily routine and fosters a sense of teamwork and appreciation. There’s an extra bonus if you let your employees go home after the potluck and not have to return to work.
We want to wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving and a happy holiday season from SyncHR.
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