Posted in Management Best Practices
At PrideStaff, we make a year-round, concerted effort to recognize the contributions, hard work and integrity of both our internal staff and our field associates.
Why? In addition to simply being the right thing to do, we know that showing appreciation raises morale, increases engagement and improves performance.
Thanksgiving (and the entire holiday season) is the perfect time to let your team know how much you value them. Looking for a little inspiration? Below, we share some of our favorite ways to demonstrate employee appreciation:
Say "thank you." Set a great example in your organization by thanking employees publicly and privately, for things large and small. It's a simple, powerful and free way to express your appreciation. The best part? The positive energy you create is infectious – creating a continuous cycle of goodwill that builds a stronger culture.
Surprise employees with small, unexpected gifts. When it comes to giving thanks, the phrase "little things mean a lot" definitely applies. You don't need to bestow every employee with a gold Rolex to show you care; small gestures – movie tickets, a paid hour off – are huge morale-boosters, especially when they're spontaneous.
Create your own holiday or start a new seasonal tradition. While you should make the "why" clear (i.e., thanking your employees), solicit their input on deciding how, where and when to celebrate. They'll appreciate the inclusion and enjoy the event more. Schedule the celebration at the end of your busiest or most stressful time of year, when your employees will appreciate and deserve it the most.
Provide the support your team needs. Your employees work hard all year long, and the holiday season is a great time to thank them for their contributions by:
- Encouraging them to take their earned vacation time.
- Being a bit more flexible with work schedules, so employees can meet non-work commitments. Flex time shows employees that you respect their lives outside of work, which is in an incredibly powerful (and inexpensive) way of expressing your thanks.
- Treating workers to a little extra time off if things are slow.
- Planning for your peak period. Are the holidays typically your busy season? Work with your staffing partner to ensure you have sufficient workforce flexibility to honor requests for time off, prevent employee burnout and still get your work done.
PrideStaff is here to help.
Whether you need a single line worker to cover a shift, or a comprehensive workforce solution to manage increased seasonal demand, the staffing support we provide shows employees that you respect their needs, value their contributions, and are thankful for all they do for you.
Give your local PrideStaff office a call to learn how we can help.