As our thoughts turn to being thankful and celebrating with family and friends, we might also take a moment to thank our staff members. Some managers might think, “They know how much I appreciate them.” Others might take this view, “Why am I thanking them for doing their jobs?”
Saying thanks is not only a good way to treat employees, study after study suggests that appreciation for a job well done translates into increased productivity and overall job satisfaction. When Monster surveyed workers in the UK, 63 percent said they’d take a verbal thank-you in place of a bonus when they’d “gone the extra mile” on the job. According to an online survey conducted by the Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated, when asked what gives them a high sense of satisfaction at work, 55 percent of employees said receiving a "thank you" from their direct manager.
Given these and other statistics, it makes sense for associations to be thoughtful (and even systematic) about thanking their employees. In a recent post to his blog, Randy Conley, vice president of client services and trust practice leader for The Ken Blanchard Companies, suggested 10 simple ways to thank employees. Here are four that I particularly like:
- Leave a “thank you” voice mail message. The spoken word can have a tremendous impact on individuals, and receiving a heartfelt message from you could positively impact your employees in ways you can’t imagine.
- Host a potluck lunch. Sharing a meal together allows people to bond and relax in a casual setting and it provides an excellent opportunity for you to say a few words of thanks to the team and let them know you appreciate them.
- Have your boss recognize an employee. Get your boss to send an email, make a phone call, or best-case scenario, drop by in-person to tell one of your employees “thank you” for his/her work.
- Send a thank you note to an employee’s family. The note can say something to the effect of “Thank you for sharing your husband/wife/dad/mother with us and supporting the work he/she does. He/she a valuable contributor to our team and we appreciate him/her.”
With that, I thank you for reading and encourage you to try one of these methods of saying thanks or come up with your own. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!