Showing members of your team that you appreciate their contributions is smart business, and it doesn’t have to be limited to big events and achievements. Studies show that recognition helps keep retention rates low, while keeping enthusiasm and energy on the job high.
Having trouble coming up with ways to show appreciation? We’re happy to help. Here are some useful ideas to get you started:
Don’t underestimate the impact of a handwritten note in this age of electronic communication. Do you have a team member who has gone above and beyond, stepped in to assist unasked or just naturally makes your workday a little more pleasant? Taking just a few minutes to send them a handwritten note says in a very personal way that they matter to you. They won’t forget it.
Pro tip: Referencing a specific example of something you appreciated will make the note more heartfelt and genuine.
Most people know that a little self-care goes a long way to help us lead happier and healthier lives. While we strongly encourage our assistants at VAUSA to create work-life balance by setting boundaries, we also encourage them to invest in themselves. We say we like to help them “fill their cups” by taking actions such as:
Some of the best ways to show appreciation go beyond giving something tangible. Get creative by taking a hard look at the person you are focused on recognizing and asking how they enjoy spending their down time. Some of our favorite ideas for experience and service-related gifts we’ve tried include:
We’ve included just a few examples of ideas that can show appreciation for team members’ contributions to an organization’s success. Even small gestures, conveyed in a genuine and heartfelt way, can go a long way in building a healthy organizational culture. Get creative, send us your ideas, and know that we appreciate YOU!