As summer comes to a close and vacations wrap up, it’s often a time that activity in the office picks up. Sometimes this means longer hours, tighter deadlines and heavier workloads. It’s important to create a company culture where employees feel appreciated for their efforts, and share appreciation as well. Below are a couple of ways that you can create a culture of “thankfulness,” to get through this busy season, and then continue year-round.
Often times, we fall into the habit of only thanking and recognizing individuals for big wins, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
Sometimes a simple gesture can have a lasting impact. When your employees wrap up for the day, say “thanks.” With one simple word, you’re letting them know you are thankful and appreciative that they’ve chosen to work with you and your company.
Also, let’s not forget the power of a handwritten note. Handwritten cards and letters are rare these days, and there is something special about receiving one. The novelty of a “Thank You” note never seems to fade.
Whether it be as big as a major deal closed, or as small as providing great customer service, it’s important to recognize success regularly. Encouragement and support from managers let employees know you’re behind them and appreciate all they do – big or small.
Think about it. How can your team know you appreciate them if you aren’t communicating it on a regular basis? Seems simple enough.
But you’d be surprised how even the most programmed managers often get caught up in daily tasks and forget to meet. It’s these essential times that have to become a priority to communicate with your team. Use these weekly huddles to convey what employees are doing right and how you value their work.
Having a good working relationship with your teammates is great; however, it’s important to go beyond that.
Make it a priority to coordinate team events. It could be as simple as organizing a team lunch or buying a cake for a quick 15-minute birthday celebration. Simple things like this not only encourage positive morale but also help you get to know your team on a personal basis. By creating a work environment that encourages relationships, you will find that your team will be stronger and often times happier.
For example, every year Agency A La Carte hosts a special month where we let our employees know how much we appreciate them. We’ve found that by creating great employment experiences like this, we have a culture full of appreciation.
During your weekly huddles, use the first 5-10 minutes to talk about what’s going on in their lives outside of work. Conversations like these will let your employees know you care about them, see them as more than your subordinates and communicate you are grateful to have them on your team.
Want to see how we, at Agency A La Carte, share our gratitude for our employees year-round and create a great company culture? Check out our social media pages or contact us to meet one of our great recruiters!