Employee Appreciation Day – Friday, March 5th
Employee Appreciation Day is on Friday, March 5. It was created in the late 90s and has been designated as a day to recognize and appreciate employees for their positive contributions in the workplace. We consider our ability to show appreciation one of the greatest assets we possess and the way to develop the best in each of us is by appreciation and encouragement. We believe in treating people with respect and dignity and showing appreciation every day. Do what you can to celebrate your employees on this special day, but don’t just make recognition a one-day-a-year affair. Showing your employees they are valued increases their sense of self worth, improves work quality as well as increasing their loyalty to you and their company. Examine your daily recognition practices and make Employee Appreciation Day the beginning of a new company attitude!
Believing in others is an extraordinary powerful force in propelling performance. Feeling affirmed and appreciated increases a person’s sense of self-worth, which in turn precipitates success in all areas of one’s life. If we have someone in our life who believes in us, and who constantly reinforces that belief when interacting with us, we’re strongly influenced by that support. Organizations that successfully and consistently implement employee recognition enjoy long-term stability and higher profit margins. Studies have proven that the morale of a company’s workforce is directly linked to profitability. This is because workers who are happy in their job and with their employer perform better, resulting in higher and improved productivity and profitability.
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing, It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well” – Voltaire
Using words of appreciation and encouragement can improve your attitude as much as the person receiving the appreciation, so be generous with your compliments and recognition. All too few bosses practice the art of appreciation and gratitude. A recent study found that between 75% and 80% of American workers said they got little or no recognition from their managers in the last year. The survey shows return on equity three times higher for companies that engage in employee appreciation. Their workers are more creative and more dedicated to the business’s success and they have a stronger bond to their company and its goals, according to the research.
Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune. Those who are part of the appreciation movement know that it takes much more than saying “thank you” once a year to keep folks motivated, engaged and loyal. Instead, this one day should serve as a reminder that giving positive feedback is an ongoing dialogue that managers have with their employees and employees are encouraged to have with their coworkers.
Building a culture of appreciation is up to everyone and it starts with you, within your sphere of influence. Employees need to feel emotionally attached to their work and their employer in positive and uplifted ways. We must keep employee appreciation on the front burner by sharing fun ideas, tools and resources. A culture of appreciation starts with basic acknowledgment, courtesy and respect. A simple, heartfelt thank-you, a pause to comment on an employee’s ingenuity in solving a problem and a smile to acknowledge a supportive comment in a tough situation is all that it takes. Most of us can do little about the miserable economy, but conscious daily appreciation is a tool anyone can use to create work environment where people feel valued
Building and sustaining commitment grows within people over time. If you understand and practice the principles of Appreciation, you’ll be well on your way to building great relationships for the success of your business and your own career. Learn about employees’ and coworkers’ preferences. Some love public praise while others prefer their thank you in private. Get to know coworkers’ and employees’ hobbies and interests. Acknowledge, appreciate and reward each employee’s contributions to share power and appreciate each other’s unique abilities and gifts.
I want to take this opportunity to let everyone in the Avatel family know how much you all are appreciated and you may have some surprises in store for you next week!
Jamie Wood, Avatel EVP
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