APPRECIATION BEST PRACTICES
APPRECIATION CHANGES EVERYTHING
Research has proven when people are appreciated and recognized for their great work, they become more loyal, committed and engaged. See for yourself. Try out the following appreciation best practices. Value the difference people make day in, day out and year-to-year and you'll see immediate results. Whether you notice your peers' everyday efforts, reward the results of those who go above and beyond, or celebrate specific career milestones, it's important to keep these tips in mind:
- APPRECIATE FREQUENTLY
Research shows that employees want some form of recognition every seven days.
- REMEMBER THE POWER OF THE 'THANK YOU' NOTE
Taking the time to write a note of thanks has lasting impact.
- MAKE IT TIMELY
Hold the appreciation moment as close to the event that you're recognizing as possible. If the recognition is not timely, the appreciation starts to lose its value.
- BE SPECIFIC
General praise is rarely motivating. Spell it out by telling them precisely what they did to earn your appreciation and why. Go into detail of the great work that's been done. Describe how your team and even the organization benefits from their specific contributions.
- RECOGNIZE UNIQUE QUALITIES AND MAKE IT PERSONAL
Carry around a list of your team members. After any conversation, write down information that is significant about each person. Over time, you'll create a "crib sheet" with key information for every individual. When recognizing team members, you'll be able to add a personal anecdote or story to make presentations particularly powerful.
- SHARE A STORY
Highlight attributes that demonstrate the difference the person has made. Storytelling is a powerful way to illustrate how they live the company's values.
- INVITE OTHERS TO SPEAK
Get co-workers and senior leaders to participate in the recognition, but don't stop there. If the recognition celebrates a career achievement, such as 10 years of service or more, be sure to invite family and friends as well.
- PREPARE YOUR REMARKS
Take the time to pull together your thoughts for a meaningful celebration. You can visit iappreciate.com for eCards, printable certificates, presentation tips, and more. Or, download the free app for help in preparing your remarks, to get team birthday and event reminders, send congrats and thank you notes.
- EXTEND THE APPRECIATION EXPERIENCE
Once the celebration is over, you want the impact of the experience to live on. Record the event, giving the employee a keepsake to save and share with family and friends. During the presentation itself, present a keepsake certificate and award to serve as a valuable reminder of the day.
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