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A Little Appreciation Goes a Long Way

One of the major principles of successful leading that I have come across in my years of training and working with supervisors and staff is that a little appreciation of those who for you goes a long way.

I have encountered many people who stated that they were pleased and satisfied with their employer's various ways of saying, "Thank you" to them for a job well done.  The converse is also true, I have spoken with people who said that one of the main reasons that they resigned their job was the fact that they did not feel appreciated by their supervisor!

I found it interesting that the employees did not always expect or need to have a raise or any monetary gift of appreciation.  In fact, most people stated that they were very pleased with a verbal thank you, and other recognition in front of their colleagues, family or friends.

One of my business coaching clients recently hosted a gourmet catered Thanksgiving Employee Appreciation Luncheon at her home for her entire staff!  

She invited me to the event to come and facilitate a team building workshop after lunch. The meeting included team 
(Not all staff pictured here) 

building games and an opportunity for the staff to (1) provide valuable feedback about any workplace challenges, (2) discuss new changes in the company and (3) to take a fresh look as a team at ways to start the new year off well in January.  It was great fun and a tremendous success! 

One staffer was quick to share how much she valued a simple certificate of appreciation for her very valiant effort to complete a challenging project.  The certificate meant so much to her!  It was a simple, but valuable gesture that went a long way toward her job satisfaction.

Here are some examples of what you or your company might consider as ways to show appreciation to your employees:

1.  Present a certificate in the presence of colleagues and family, such as this elegant certificate sold by Staples.  

2.  Host a special lunch at work or off site for the whole team.

3.  Give a bonus or other gift.

4.  Make an announcement of a job well done by someone at a team meeting or on the PA system.

5.  Give some other token of appreciation such as an Employee of the Month parking spot. 

These tips will surely help to keep your team happy and satisfied in your employ!  If you would like to host a team-building and/or an employee appreciation meeting this year, please feel free to contact me, Cynthia Murray, using the information below.  It will be my pleasure to help you!

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