4 Ways to Recognize Your Employees This Holiday Season
Employee recognition is a top driver of employee talent retention and engagement in modern organizations. Take this holiday season to recognize your employees for the good work they do and for contributing to the success of your organization.
Before you break out the gift cards or cash, think about what would make your team feel happy and part of a greater cause. They may not necessarily desire tangible gifts, some may not like being put in the spotlight, others will. Think about the specific personalities and unique motivators of your recipient when recognizing them for a job well done.
Here are 4 ways you can show your team members appreciation:
1. The gift of quality time
Dedicate quality time to those who need it. Schedule a one-on-one meeting with them. Make sure to practice active listening during your conversation – after all it is not about you, it is about them. Look for opportunities nurture their growth and development. Plan events outside work such as a Happy Hour, fishing trip, bowling, etc. These are great opportunities to get to know the employees in a fun environment. You may find out more about them, and in the process, show you are with them as a leader.
2. Give a tangible gift including a meaningful note
There is no problem with giving a tangible gift. Some employees do still prefer them. However, when giving a gift, try to make it more personal rather than a bulk order. Find out a hobby they have or send them a gift card that will allow them to choose their own gift. Make sure to include a meaningful note about why you chose that gift, showing you recognize their continued efforts or care about them enjoying their interests.
3. Acts of service
Offer to help if you notice they are challenged with their workload. Teach them something you have learned in your career and feel could help them in the future. Do something for them that they do not expect. This caring expression is highly valued.
4. Words of Affirmation
For the employees who like to hear words of affirmation, make sure to let them know the positive impact they bring to the team and the organization. Words of encouragement can often be powerful enough to not only improve moods, but also improve results.
The above ways can make a big difference in employee engagement. Sometimes, leaders shy away from recognizing employees. However, now is the perfect time of the season to demonstrate your gratitude. Don’t know where to start or which way of appreciation to use? Start by learning more about your team’s personalities with the Predictive Index.