Everyone likes to feel that they’ve done a good job or are appreciated, and that’s especially true when it comes to work. Employees who are praised are more motivated to put effort into their jobs. In fact, according to a Gallup poll that was published in the book “How Full is Your Bucket?,” the No. 1 reason employees leave their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated. What’s more, the survey revealed that 65 percent of Americans did not receive recognition for their work.
“The No. 1 reason employees leave their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated.”
That statistic may be daunting, but your company doesn’t have to follow the trend. The Thanksgiving season is all about being grateful for the things you have and expressing that gratitude. You can uphold the spirit of the holiday in the workplace by showing your employees just how much you appreciate all they do to make your company successful. Here are a few ways to genuinely express thanks this November:
Praise specific work
While saying “You do so much great work” is a nice way to praise your employees, your gratitude for their skills and effort will come across as more meaningful if it’s specific. Think of a time when your employees shined and highlight those instances. For example, if someone prevented an error that would have caused you to start a project over, you can say “Thank you so much for your diligence and attention to detail. Because of your keen eye, we avoided a disaster.” By pointing out a specific event, you can highlight your employees’ unique strengths. When you do, they may gain confidence, and could feel empowered to use their skills more in the future.
Nothing ruins morale like having to trudge through work during the holidays. People want to be at home with family, not in the office. While your company may not close until Thanksgiving, the days before should feel more festive. You can show your employees you care, and say thanks for their hard work, by offering flexibility. Perhaps people can work from home more during the holidays, or work during off hours (start early to leave early). That way, you allow your employees to prioritize loved ones during the Thanksgiving season.
Offer public praise
Some employees get embarrassed by public praise, but sharing their job well done with others shows you truly appreciated it. Consider writing a newsletter about the outstanding individual, or shooting out a company-wide email. You can also offer accolades quickly in a meeting.
Holiday parties make the office a fun work environment. Consider hosting a Thanksgiving event that gets everyone excited. You can also use a party to recognize outstanding employees.