My Aunt served for over 50 years as an Administrative Professional. She was a secretary in a large law firm. They had a nice tradition of taking the staff out to a special restaurant on Administrative Professionals Day. The law firm hired limos and all the lawyers and secretaries would join for a special luncheon at the same place each year. I know my Aunt always looked forward to this day as did the other secretaries in the office.
This might not be the right kind of celebration for your office, so we compiled a list of great ways to say thank you to your staff members that can be used on any day of the year.
- Your website pages are a great place to share your appreciation for staff members. Dedicating a portion of the website to celebrate staff is a nice way to share recognition. This is also true for your social media sites. A shout out post recognizing accomplishments that happen in the moment allows the world to recognize your staff’s achievements.
- Create a “Gratitude Tree”. This is a tree or object that allows your employees to do peer to peer recognition. Small notes of gratitude for a job well done can be attached to the tree and enjoyed by all. Placement of your gratitude tree can be almost anywhere employees gather. For design ideas on how to make a gratitude tree search Pinterest.
- Call a “Thank You Meeting”. Invite an employee into your office just to say thank you! Don’t discuss other issues just focus on their accomplishment and how you feel it was important.
- Standing Ovation. In a previous management role, this was one of my favorites ways to say thank you. I would craft a certificate of appreciation for the employee and gather team members to join me in presenting the certificate with a standing ovation and song at the employee workspace. We all left energized and inspired ready to conquer the next tasks of the day. Back then I had a boom-box that would play an appropriate victory song. Now you could use your cell phone connected to a portable speaker for the occasion.
- Projects they love. Taking time to learn about what your employee love best at work can have huge payoffs. Thank your employee for their accomplishment and ask them to help with a special project. By recognizing their unique strengths, creativity and contributions to the work that they do you can provide a vehicle for enhanced engagement and even greater works for this employee.
- Make an Introduction. Introduce your employee to a VIP in your organization. In your introduction explain to the VIP the employee’s contributions and have a suggestion of how the employee can help the institution or VIP with some current issue.
- The Gift of Education. What could be better than rewarding the employee with the time and investment for an educational opportunity. You are sending the message that you care and want to invest in their professional development and that they are an asset to your organization.
However, you choose to say thank you do it often. It is always more appreciated then we realize.
“Good manners are cost effective. They not only increase the quality of life in the workplace, they contribute to employee morale, embellish the company image, and play a major role in generating profit.” Letitia Baldrige
Letitia Baldrige was an American etiquette expert, public relations executive and author who was most famous for serving as Jacqueline Kennedy’s Social Secretary.