Three Ways to Appreciate your Team All Year

The holiday season is upon us and for many companies that means it’s time to thank employees for their efforts.  Some companies hold an annual holiday party; others provide gift certificates, turkeys or perhaps an annual bonus.  Any and all of those ideas are appreciated by the recipients.

But what happens when the holiday party is over, the gift card is redeemed, the turkey is gone and the bonus spent?

What are some things you can do to demonstrate your appreciation on a day-to-day basis?

Care about your team members, not just the work they do.  Make time to get to know them.  What do they like to do outside of work?  Movies, reading, gardening, writing?  Knowing this also helps you customize gift cards to specific interests, which makes gift cards that much more meaningful.  Be aware of special events happening in their lives, both the good and the bad.  Births, deaths, weddings, separations.  Letting your team know they are more than a time slot in the schedule matters.

Recognize everyone’s contribution and accomplishments.  Everyone starts at their own place and everyone has their own unique challenges to overcome.  Don’t compare team members but instead recognize individual accomplishments and personal or professional growth.   Also, be sure to recognize successes along the way instead of waiting for the final goal to be achieved.

Ask for and listen to suggestions.  Value the knowledge and insight your team members have.  After all, they are the ones doing the job. They hear the frustrated remarks and the positive remarks their internal and external customer share.  Asking for and listening to their opinions, their ideas and their suggestions creates an environment of trust and mutual respect.

What do you think? What are some other high value, long-lasting gifts leaders can give their team members?

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