With National TC Week quickly approaching, everyone is wondering what they can do to recognize their employees. But why wait until NTCW to show appreciation? Recognition needs to be immediate and reinforcing. Basically, you need to have a culture of “Knock Your Socks Off” appreciation.
A Culture of Appreciation
A culture of appreciation begins with treating your employees with respect, and that begins with providing the equipment, resources and training they need to do their job. Employees should also be included in the agency’s decision-making process as often as possible in order to foster collaboration and a spirit of teamwork.
Many employers believe that the only thing needed to make employees more motivated and more productive is a raise. Yes, a raise is great but what good is it if you dread going to work every day because of a lack of appreciation or respect? In a published study, eighty-three percent of employees said that recognition for their contributions was more fulfilling than a raise or any rewards and gifts. As Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”
With that in mind, what are some ways that you can recognize your employees without breaking the bank? Let’s look at some “knock your socks off” ideas for showing appreciation.
Some of the Best Gifts Are Free
Not all recognition costs money. There are numerous things you can do to show appreciation and recognize your employees for free.
- Expressing thanks for a job well done or even a daily task will make an employee feel that their work is valued, and they are respected. You can use 3×5 cards to write thank you notes that can be reviewed by employees any time they are having a tough day to remind them why they do the job and that they are appreciated.
- Recognize the milestones and challenges employees go through. Celebrate when an employee reaches a five-year milestone, or show you care when someone or their family member is in the hospital.
- Create a PowerPoint introducing your employees and showing their fun side. Show it to your city council, county commissioners, or 9-1-1 board and include some pictures of things you’ve done for your employee recognition.