The Awe-Inspiring Power of Employee Appreciation

By David Mizne

What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

Football, parades, over-indulgence, uncomfortable family reunions, and sleeping outside your local Walmart to fight strangers over half-price tablets in the morning? I’m sorry, I need a second here. Patriotic tears are welling in my eyes…

Wrong! Thanksgiving is about appreciation. You get a couple of days to take a breather and contemplate all of the things you are grateful for — including your hard-working employees. The season of gratitude and giving is here, so let’s dive into the top articles from around the web that show leaders what it really means to say, “thank you” to their talented and dedicated teams.

1.  5 Powerful Ways to Give Thanks to Your People

by Stacey Alcorn

Somehow managers and executives have mistaken the infamous “thanks!” at the end of every email as their way to show employee appreciation. Here are two out of the five simple, yet powerful ways that Alcorn shows gratitude to her employees:

Stage an appreciation event. Get this…Alcorn’s organization puts together an appreciation event not only for her employees, but for their partners and children as well. With this one act alone, she shows that the employees and their communities are essential to the organization’s growth.

Write it out, don’t type it out. Crafting personal, handwritten notes gives you the opportunity to tailor specific messages to your employees. Each unique thank you has greater impact because they know you took the time out of your day to provide valuable employee feedback and appreciation.

2. 101 Super Effective Ways to Reward Your Employees

by Peter Economy

15Five turkeyStuck on how to exactly reward your employees? I’m sure this list of 101 ways can inspire you a bit! Peter Economy (his last name really is Economy) comprises this list of ideas that makes employees say “hey, my boss actually cares about me.”

FYI, he also suggest “family day at the office”. Could recognizing that employees have families and personal lives outside of work be the next management fad?

3. What Motivates Employees to ‘Go the Extra Mile?’

by Victor Lipman

Surprisingly, money is not one of the top three factors that influences employee motivation. Lipman reports that motivation comes from peers, passion towards one’s work, and of course feeling encouraged and recognized by management. So when employees stare at you with longing in their eyes, there’s no need to contact HR. Just throw them a quick compliment.

A global workforce study indicates that companies that regularly recognize their employees had a 28% increase in earnings per share over a 12-month period. Recognized employees produce better work and choose to remain at their current place of employment for longer periods of time.

So this Thanksgiving as the tryptophan sets in and you drift off to sleep on the couch with Uncle Joe, remember to thank all of those hard working folks who dedicate their valuable time and energy to the success of your company.

Image Credits: Anders Ruff Custom Designs, Jim BauerRich Cianci

Happy Thanksgiving from the entire 15Five team! Tell us what you are thankful for in the comments below.


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