Be a better manager with these employee appreciation ideas...
We don't know who created "Employee Appreciation Day," but it's a bit like Mothers' Day in that the people being honored really deserve massive appreciation every single day, not just once a year. We believe that every day needs to be an employee appreciation day and that it's your job as a manager to make that happen. Here are some ways to make that happen.
1. Learn how to say "thank you":
As a manager, your words carry a lot of meaning and, while a "thank you" may not seem like a lot, it has a strong effect on motivation. Getting really specific about why you're delivering thanks magnifies the effect significantly. Instead of "thanks," try "thanks for cleaning up all the errors in the Reynolds file - we wouldn't have made the deadline without you."
2. Reinforce your thank you with small tokens of appreciation:
Find a small symbolic gift to give employees along with your thanks. They will remember your appreciation every time they see the item. We've created a tool made for exactly this purpose: the AttaCoin Token. Each recognizes an important employee behavior or characteristic: leadership, teamwork, creativity, and more.
3. Build staff appreciation into your meetings:
While a 1:1 thank you is meaningful, public appreciation can deliver even more impact. Consider ending each major staff meeting with some staff recognition - to start, try to recognize at least 2 people per session. Don't be overly formal about this... Try transitioning into recognition with something like "before we end the meeting, I wanted to thank a couple of you for your efforts..."
4. Create an appreciation wall:
While a little more involved, this is one of the best employee appreciation ideas we've found. Find a very public place in the office, mount a corkboard, and put a sign up top saying something like "Wall of Appreciation" or "Wall of Fame." Post customer thank you notes on this wall along with any internal recognition. Encourage employees to recognize each other on the wall - it may take a while to catch on but once it does, it'll be really powerful.
5. Make it public:
Put your appreciation wall online - consider creating a spot on your company website where you can feature your employee of the week / employee of the month along with historical awardees. You'll be surprised how impactful this is. Employees will proudly share their award with friends and family, tightening their bond and their pride in your company. This is a fairly common practice in academic and government institutions but hasn't yet caught on in business - here's an example from the Stanford School of Medicine.