How do You say thank you?
|The best way to build loyalty and increase productivity from your team is to recognize and thank them for their contributions. This isn’t a new or brilliant concept. We all know this, but how often do you actually take the time to thank your employees?When I ask my clients how often they show their employees how much they appreciate them, I often hear that they always make sure to say thank you. The words, “thank you,” are important. How much more powerful would these words sound if they were accompanied by other thoughts of appreciation? Here are some ideas to get you started:
Write a brief thank you note.
Take a few minutes to write a thank you note to an employee. Be specific. Let your employee know what they did that you appreciate. Include with the note your employee’s favorite coffee drink or chocolate bar to make the thank you more special. If your business or organization has core values, tie your thank you to one of your core values. Print thank you cards that list your core values and use these cards for all of your thank you notes. This will not only show your employees how much you appreciate them, but will also reinforce the behavior you want to see again in the future.
Recognize when your team reaches a goal, finishes a big project, or successfully completes a difficult month. It is so easy to jump right into the next project without taking a moment to celebrate what was accomplished. Celebrations could take the form of a five minute recognition and round of applause or something bigger. The purpose is to acknowledge the accomplishment.
Employees often remember the date they were hired. Add your employees’ employment anniversaries to your calendars. A note of, “Happy Anniversary! Thank you for being a part of our team for _ years,” can make an employee feel special.
Say, “Happy Birthday”
How good does it feel when someone remembers your birthday? Mark your calendar with your employees’ birthdays and be sure to wish them well on their day. Want to do something extra special? Send your employees a card to their homes on their birthday. Online services, like sendoutcards.com, make it easy to pick out cards and schedule the delivery. You can even add your logo or a picture of you and your team member.
Reward employees through contests
Contests can add an aspect of fun to the workplace. Create contests around sales or work goals. Competition between departments or even individuals in a department works well. The prizes don’t have to be costly. The reward of being the winner provides motivation by itself. Services like Crewhu.com make it easy to create and keep track of your contests. This online system allows you to customize your contests and prize selections while providing an online billboard with contest results. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a free demo.
How are YOU going to say thank you to your team members today?
Andrea Hoffer brings a unique perspective to consulting and training. A small business owner with 35 employees herself, she knows first hand the everyday challenges of motivating employees, exceeding customer expectations, and meeting business and revenue goals. Contact Andrea to help you improve the experience you offer your customers and employees.
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