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Employee appreciation

By Mike Klockenbrink

When was the last time you’ve shown appreciation for your employees or your co-worker? If you have to think about it, then it’s been way too long.

Have you created a culture of appreciation to show your staff that you appreciate them? Appreciation is shown in many different ways. No matter how you show it, it must be sincere.

Sometimes a simple, “Thank You,” is all that is needed. Show your appreciation for their hard work and contributions. And, don’t forget to say please often as well. Social manners do belong at work. A more gracious, polite workplace is appreciated by all.

So what else can you do to show your appreciation?

Be interested in them not just as an employee, but as an individual. Ask your employees or co-workers about their family, their hobby, their weekend or a special event they attended. Your genuine interest will help people to feel valued and cared about.

Introduce them to guests as you pass through the office. Don’t blow by employees as if they are insignificant. They’re important – so show it!

Give them an important project; show you trust in their capabilities.

Praise something your coworker has done well. Identify the specific actions that you found admirable.

Offer staff members flexible scheduling for the holidays if feasible. If work coverage is critical, post a calendar so people can balance their time off with that of their coworkers.

Know your coworker’s interests well enough to present a small gift occasionally. An appreciated gift, and the gesture of providing it, will light up your coworker’s day.

Almost everyone appreciates food. Bring in bagels or bakery goods to treat your staff and coworkers. Offerings such as cookies or cupcakes, that you’ve baked personally, are a huge hit. Another hit? Bring chocolate – chocolate anything.

Create a fun tradition for a seasonal holiday. This past Christmas our entire staff helped with an on-site work project together. Afterwards we had a potluck lunch where people were divided into cooking teams. Each team prepared a meal to share, and people got to vote on the best overall meal. Team winners got a gift card.

Last, but not least, provide opportunity. People want to participate on a special group or team where their talents are noticed. Invite them in to participate and not just sit on the sidelines like a spectator.

Show your appreciation, and they will appreciate you for it.

Mike Klockenbrink is chief of staff at Lakeside Church, Folsom, CA. www.lakesidechurch.com

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