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As your company adapts to the pandemic, acknowledging your employees hard work and dedication can empower them to remain positive and increase well-being. Instill pride and happiness in your employees by being timely, personal and understanding. Covid-19 has impacted individuals in a variety of ways, and it is important to be aware of ways to support your employees while still maximizing your revenue.
Here are four creative tips to show your employees appreciation this holiday season:
Practice timely recognition through active daily or weekly appreciation. An engaged company means creating a culture that is supportive and team oriented. Don’t wait until your next holiday party or work anniversary celebrations to mention good worth ethic and appreciation. Weekly recognition celebrations create a rewarding culture that is honest and authentic.
Be genuine through handwritten notes. When was the last time you received a handwritten note? When was the last time you wrote a card for someone? Take the time to express your gratitude and appreciation for your staff by writing a note. Go the extra mile and set a standard of appreciation that your employees will recognize.
Consider investing in recognition platforms where business leaders and employees can recognize each other in a timely fashion. Find the right employee recognition program that will fit your organization. Consider programs that manage peer-to-peer recognition, performance, rewards and points, and recognition tracking. These tools will gauge your employee engagement, performance and recognition, while addressing employee needs and increasing company culture.
Spice up the usual drinks over Zoom Friday afternoon. Host a themed virtual happy hour. Remote and onsite workers can enjoy gathering with other coworkers while taking a quick mental break. Add fun themes, have everyone bring their favorite snack and drink, and some conversation starters full of laughter.
As a business leader, failing to check in with your staff can prove to be detrimental to understanding not only your company’s needs, but your employee needs. If your company has supportive resources available, ensure these resources are communicated effectively to your staff. Although the holidays bring cheer and happiness to some, other individuals may be under other stressful situations pending from the pandemic and the increase in workload or stress due to peak season. Reiterate the importance of reaching out for professional help and advice. The busyness of peak season should not deter time to review performance, resolve doubts, provide guidance and support to your team members.
Your company has the opportunity to make a difference this holiday season by emphasizing a rewarding recognition culture. As you prepare for the holiday peak season, ensure you are preparing to fight disengagement and burn out thorough timely and creative appreciation.
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