A man desires praise that he may be reassured, that he may be quit of his doubting of himself; he is indifferent to applause when he is confident of success.
It’s that time of year when we go out of our way to show others how much we appreciate what they’ve done for us.
I’ve said it before, and it’s worth repeating. A little thanks and praise can go a long way, no matter what stage of life you’re in, be it child or adult. Never be afraid to recognize the accomplishments of your co-workers and employees! Do not let another person’s rise make you insecure or resentful. All too often we forget to thank others.
In my opinion, one of the WORST things you can do as an employer (and even as a co-worker) is NOT praise an employee for their accomplishments and contributions. Employees who are involved in activities outside the office that develop their own personal and professional relationships are some of the best kinds of employees. If supported internally, they can even be some of the most loyal. They are continuously striving to do better, to enhance their education in order to learn new skill sets to keep them one step ahead of the game. A benefit to any company!
Remember, employees don’t always do those things just so they can leave their jobs; most often it’s so that they will STAY at their jobs – and be viewed as an asset. What better asset to have than an employee who is ahead of the curve, keeping the company up to speed? Unfortunately, without support (and I don’t mean a pat on the back for every little thing) you will eventually lose good, loyal employees to someone much more supportive.
As an event professional, I am thankful that my employer supports my volunteer activities. As a member of MPI and a leadership volunteer on the MPI NENY board, I am able to remain apprised of changes in the events industry, in contact with new and potential suppliers, and keep my education and professional development on track. In my volunteer world, I continue to serve on the MPI NENY Board of Directors as President-Elect. I am so honored to work with so many volunteers! I know how hard they all work, both as volunteers and for their own paying jobs every day! MPI NENY has some great volunteers, who give up so much of their free time to the benefit of the Chapter. It goes to show how much being a part of MPI NENY means to the people involved. We love our profession.
Consider the following from “A Touch of Business” (http://www.atouchofbusiness.com/tips/biz/0130-employee-recognition.html)
- Employee recognition boosts morale and employee performance.
- Employee recognition should not be considered a reward as much as “employee courtesy and consideration.”
- Have an open-door policy where employees feel comfortable sharing thoughts and opinions.
- Create a “family-like” atmosphere and recognize all employees for your appreciation of their hard work.
- Employee recognition is most effective when giving pats on the back during the day to each employee.
- Employee recognition adds pride in your business. After all, it is the employees who make your business run. Be the first one to say, “I’ve got the best employees on earth” and watch employee performance improve.
So let’s acknowledge our hard working employees, celebrate dedicated volunteers, and thank loyal clients. They should be recognized not just at the end of the year but throughout.