This season, give the gift of appreciation at work
In the world of work, it’s often customary to offer a gift of thanks to team members. Perhaps a Starbucks gift card or a box of holiday cookies. These are nice gestures, but when it comes to , something personal can be more meaningful.
You don’t have to trek to the mall or ask for budget approval. Give employees a sincere, handwritten note. Thank them for all that they do for your team and your organization. . Don’t just send an email or IM. Handwritten notes are a thoughtful, meaningful, and — most important — authentic way to show genuine gratitude and employee recognition. Notes like this also are an unexpected surprise.
Need some pointers? Here are four helpful tips for crafting the perfect end-of-year note:
- . Be sure to focus on individual contributions that made an impact over the year.
- . Avoid generalities. Instead, highlight unique details and focus on how their efforts made a difference.
- . Recall what each team member achieved but take care to give examples of how they live your company values.
- . What do the accomplishments of each team member mean to you as a manager? Share how their contributions have impacted you personally. Be honest and express gratitude.
Employee recognition is a performance management best practice. So, don’t wait until review season or the holidays to show appreciation. Look for more opportunities throughout the year, such as celebrating or observing employees who .
Giving and receiving appreciation plays a role in overall employee health and well-being. It has a strong impact on people, reaching them on an emotional level. It’s true — employee recognition takes a bit of effort. But you’ll be glad you did it. Happy holidays!
Lisa Sordilla is human resources director at Energage, a Philadelphia-based employee survey firm. Energage is The Washington Post’s survey partner for Top Workplaces.