A study of gratitude conducted by the Templeton Foundation showed that people are less likely to express gratitude at work than anyplace else. It’s an interesting finding given that statistics show that half of employees switch jobs to gain more recognition, and the power of gratitude is a powerful workplace motivator. An American Psychology Association found that employees who feel appreciated by their employers are 60% more likely to say they feel motivated to put forth their very best at work.
Many of us forget to say thank you to all the people who make our organizations successful, but it’s important to step back and acknowledge their contributions at a deeper level. Showing your employees a little appreciation can go a long way. As we commence the season of giving thanks with our families and friends we can’t forget our work family – employees, customers and vendors.
While there are countless opportunities to show your thanks to others in the workplace. Here are some of my favorite ways to recognize your staff during this upcoming holiday season:
- Tell the world how awesome your team is. Post or communicate employees’ successes publically, through internal newsletters, staff or department meetings, or directly to the executive team.
- Donate to a charity of your employee’s choice — in their name. Most people like to help others but sometimes lack the resources or the time. Here is a way to go the extra mile in honor of all wonderful things your employee gives to your organization.
- Go home early. There is always too much to do and not enough time around the holidays. If the day is slow, release your staff early on holidays so that they can spend extra time with their families.
- Ask their opinion. Show employees and customers that you care what they think about by asking their opinion on a topic.
- Take an interest in people’s lives. Learn the names of your employee’s family members or some of their special interests. Stop by an employee’s desk to talk informally or spend time with them.
- Throw an employee appreciation party. Celebrate a work anniversary, a birthday, or just a great job on a project.
Don’t miss your opportunity to give thanks this holiday season. After all, showing that you’re grateful to your employees isn’t just goodwill, it’s a good business practice.