As hard as it may be to believe, Monday is Labor Day. To many it means the end of summer. To others it means one last BBQ. And to others it means Labor Day sales. Do you know what Labor Day actually commemorates? According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
So really, Monday is a day to celebrate you and the people with whom you work. Here are 5 ways you can recognize and acknowledge your employees. They’re easy to put into practice and you’ll be amazed at the ROI you’ll get on these particular investments.
- Write a handwritten note for a job well done. In this day and age of emails and texts, a handwritten note will stand out and make an impression.
- Ask HR for a list of birthdays for your staff so you can wish them a happy birthday on their special day. If you aren’t a company that gives birthdays off, bring in a cake or a bouquet of flowers for the employee.
- Also ask HR for a list of work anniversaries. Your employees are choosing to stay with your company and work towards the success of the company. Let them know you appreciate their efforts.
- When an employee comes to you to ask what to do, ask for their input rather than immediately answer the question for them. Let them see that there’s a dialogue and that they can have a say in the outcome.
- Share some company news or plans that the employee may not have heard at his or her level. Getting a glimpse of the big picture may inspire them to work harder and they’ll appreciate being in the know.
What do you do to recognize your employees? We’d love to hear.