Thanking Your Employees

As a business owner, you already know what a vital role your employees play in your business’s success. Daily tasks get assigned and completed on time because of them, and it’s a great idea to show them how much they are appreciated! Unfortunately, coming up with new and unique ideas is tough, and you don’t want to seem redundant in your efforts to show appreciation.  Here are a few ideas that may help to spark your creativity.

Words of Affirmation

A well-timed compliment or acknowledgment of great work goes a lot farther to show you care than an expensive gift. Most employees readily accept and search for affirmation from superiors, as it shows that they are doing their job well. Your employees will greatly appreciate your acknowledgment of their hard work.

Unique Gifts

If you’d like to single out certain employees on different occasions like birthdays, the birth of a child, or getting married, you can subscribe to our service and never miss out on your employees’ special occasions. 

You can also opt to keep a box of greeting cards in the office. Greeting cards aren’t cliche when you take the time to write a thoughtful, meaningful message! Write something from the heart, and you’ll be sure to get a smile from someone. 

Public Recognition

If your team has an atmosphere of healthy competition, this might work well for your company. Mass emails can be sent out that recognize employees for their hard work – not only are you congratulating them, but others will likely reach out to praise a job well done!

‘In the Fray’ Day

If you normally do your work from a separate office, take a day per week to sit amongst your employees and team members! Spend this time focusing on being personable and approachable; when an employee has a question, walk to his desk and talk about the situation.

If you already sit amongst your employees, simply try to get up more frequently. On your way to the break room, ask if anyone needs anything. These simple acts of kindness will show that you are thinking of others!

Employee Appreciation Day

One simple way to turn a regular day at the office into an appreciation party is to print off some lists. Take a look at the top percentage of agents who exceeded metrics, for example, and hang a list in the break room. Offer a token of gratitude that these employees can hang at their desks, like a printed certificate!

Make Appreciation a Daily Focus

At the end of the day, we all want to feel appreciated. It’s far better to focus on the everyday interactions with your employees than to spend time planning special events. Be approachable on a daily basis, and make sure to personalize the feedback that you give to your employees every month. As long as you support an atmosphere of respect, diligence, and humility, your employees will feel appreciated. 

Coworkers having coffee

Expressing Gratitude to Coworkers

The members on your work team are often a second family – you see each other forty (or more!) hours a week. You may even be friends with some of them outside of work. From time to time, you may want to show a bit of extra appreciation to your coworkers, aside from the usual high five or flat “thank-you”. Sometimes it’s nice to go out of your way a little bit to do something special for someone, even if it’s for no particular reason.

Showing Thanks to Coworkers

Pick up Some of Their Workload

If you work in a team environment where everyone does similar work, offer to take some of a coworker’s caseload or callbacks. This is especially helpful if they have covered your work at some point and you’d like to repay them. People who are struggling at home may also have a harder time keeping up with the quota they usually adhere to. If you want to help in some way, this is a great place to start.

Bring in a Coffee

Nothing says “hey, I was thinking about you” like a cup of coffee. It shows that your coworker or friend was on your mind as you went through the drive-thru this morning. Though extremely simple, this is an effective way to show someone you appreciate them.

Acknowledge a Job Well Done

Everyone loves being called out for their successes, including your peers. If your supervisor sends out a team email that cites an agent for great work, make sure to acknowledge their recognition in person.

Additionally, if you had a significant amount of help from a member of your team and you’d like to see them recognized, you can email your boss or mention their outstanding assistance during a team meeting. Explain the situation they assisted you with and let your boss know how much you appreciate your coworker’s hard work.

Be Specific

While a verbal “thank you” can be powerful, it’s best to go into detail about what you are grateful for, and how your coworker’s kindness or help made your day better. If you’re not great with in-person interaction, you could even write a message in a greeting card and leave it on your coworker’s desk; this will get the point across without you feeling uncomfortable.

Be Humble

Above all, let go of your need to be the best at everything. Sometimes you’ll need a little help from a team member; when you do, make sure to show your coworker that you are grateful! Being part of a team is often give and take; always aim to be the most giving, and you’ll be setting a great workplace example.