This one may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many managers refuse to thank employees for “doing their job.” Something as simple as a department wide email, or a mention of a job-well-done before a meeting, can really be motivation for some employees. You can also write a press release honoring your team and send it to local news outlets or have it posted to the company website.
When employees feel they have a say-so in how things are run in the office, they’re more loyal to the company. Let your team voice their ideas for the office in an idea box. Whether it’s the break room coffee brand or different training options for employees, your team members should feel comfortable expressing their ideas.
The gift of time seems to be universally pleasing. Perhaps your company can’t afford an entire day off as an employee “thank you,” allow the team member to leave early on a Friday – nothing beats the weekend except getting the weekend started early.
Who doesn’t love donuts? Well, maybe you can pair a dozen donuts with a tray of fresh fruit for those being waistline conscious, but donuts on average, are a winner.
Recognize birthdays and work anniversaries
A simple email or card to say Happy Birthday can make your employees feel appreciated, especially on their special day, no matter their age. Go a step further and have birthdates posted on the break room bulletin board or in the company newsletter. Be sure to acknowledge work anniversaries, too. It’s encouraging to new employees when they see the seasoned workers staying loyal to the company for many years.
You’ll be surprised how competitive co-workers can be during a chili cook-off. Create an event once or twice a year that your team can look forward to. From a chili cook-off to an office holiday party, events where co-workers can gather, not be asked to fund or bring anything, and enjoy themselves outside of a cubicle can be amazing for morale.
And finally, just say it
A simple “thank you” goes a long way. Not every completed project needs a parade and billboard, but certainly a sincere thank you is in order. Employees look fondly on a manager who takes the time to personally thank them for their hard work, attention to detail or helping out a co-worker. It also shows you’re not blind to the hard work your team is putting in, even if you don’t witness it directly.
What do you do in your office to show gratitude for your team’s work? Comment below to let us know what we should add to our list.