As hard as it may be to believe, today is the first day of September and 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 three 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. Be specific in your note about what you are commending the employee for and see what a long way that goes.
- 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.
Do you have something that you do to acknowledge your employees? We’d love to hear what you do.