Employee recognition is an important element of creating a happy and healthy workforce. However, often (and not purposely), recognition falls to the bottom of our list while we struggle to squeeze the vast quantity of work into our hectic day. The benefits of recognition far outweigh the minimal time and effort it actually takes to do. The outcome results in employees that feel valued and appreciated, with a sense of belonging and ownership in their work place. It also increases employee morale, loyalty, motivation, and retention – all things that should be important to any leader of people!
There are several methods to acknowledge a job well done, and can often be accomplished without incurring any cost at all. These types of rewards can sometimes be more meaningful than a monetary gift. A simple “thank you” still goes a long way. How about sending an employee an email with three things you appreciate about them? Why not send them a note of gratitude and copy your manager? There are loads of ideas that you can find on-line. Do a search and see what may fit for your particular business or team.
How to begin? Try blocking time in your calendar once a week to allow a few moments to recognize someone. Getting started is the hardest part, once you do; it becomes part of your routine. I promise that you won’t have trouble finding someone deserving!