“When a manager recognizes an employee’s behavior, personally and sincerely, both feel proud, gratified, and happy. There’s a human connection that transcends the immediate culture to create a shared bond. The power of this bond is stronger than you might think; indeed, it’s the power that holds together great organizational cultures.”
While Valentine’s Day is most known for a focus on couples, there’s no reason the “love” holiday can’t inspire the management team to shower some love on their staff.
Smart leaders and managers know that it’s always the right time to show employees appreciation, but knowing about and acting upon a valuable principle are often two very different situations. The best of intentions gets pushed aside the urgent. But really, what’s more important than boosting the morale of your workforce with well-deserved praise and recognition?
The Human Factor Inc. reminds us that, “Recognition doesn’t have to be big, time-consuming, or expensive. In fact, the most meaningful recognition often comes simply from saying ‘thank you’ for a job well done. But there are times when the situation calls for more than just a simple verbal acknowledgment.”
So, stop letting the day-to-day routine of customer service, meetings, and deadlines interfere with the critical need to demonstrate appreciation to your staff. Why not make a conscious effort this month to go all-out in showing appreciation to your hard-working team? Let these ideas get the appreciation ball rolling.
1. Take the extra time to listen
To concerns, ideas, complaints, pie-in-the-sky dreams. Whatever’s on their minds, take time to hear it. Of course, an open-door policy just makes sense, all year long, but why not make February heart-to-heart month. Or March. The when isn’t as important as how and why. Encouraging employees to get to the heart of whatever concerns them will have positive effects.
2. Share a meal
Plan a breakfast or lunchtime gathering. If the company can spring for all or a portion of the food and beverages, awesome. If that’s not possible, then make it a potluck and extend the time frame. Create a light, fun mood. Make a speech, expressing that without the group of dedicated workers, the business wouldn’t exist. Because you understand that, right? Offer door prizes—even little things will add to the occasion. Introduce idea #3.
3. Spread the love around
Strongly encourage everyone to consider with whom they can share a note, an email message, or an in-person word of appreciation. Nudge them with examples to get them thinking. Help them remember that time when someone stepped up, reached out, stayed late, went the extra mile—the list is endless. Leadership can and should set the pace with notes, messages, and in-person conversations expressing appreciation. Supply blank cards and pens to encourage here-and-now participation.
4. Make appreciation the norm
Establish a “recognition box” where both management and staff can drop in a note of appreciation to a co-worker. Institute a monthly or quarterly “High Five” award to be given to an individual or team in honor of their recent efforts/attitude/success. Methods of recognition are only limited by your imagination. So, ponder what scenarios best fit your company’s culture and get cracking.
5. Celebrate Valentine’s as long as the candy lasts
Hit the clearance aisle on February 15, or soon after, and snatch up the price-slashed little boxes of chocolate, the “Conversation Hearts,” the big boxes of chocolate, the Valentine napkins, and plates, etc. And don’t pass up packages of the wee Valentine’s Day cards elementary-aged lasses and lassies give to their classmates. Share the stash over the next couple of weeks in the break room. Or better yet, place a sweet treat on each desk/at each workstation. Leave the package of kiddie Valentine’s on the break room table with instruction to “Share words of appreciation with a co-worker!”
Let this Valentine’s-Day-inspired appreciation campaign be the kick-off for a year of loving on your greatest company asset: the men and women who fill the positions in your workforce.
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