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Lead by example
The more often you appreciate great work, the more likely your team members will do the same.
Stealthily give someone a sticker of appreciation today.
It's 'Employee Appreciation Day!'
Write thank you notes, take the team to lunch, and let team members know how much you appreciate their great work and contributions.
Make it a team activity
Assign everyone one teammate whose great work they should recognize, and devote the first 5 minutes of a meeting to going around the circle and letting everyone recognize a peer.
Change the scene
Do a brainstorming activity somewhere outside the office to get your creative juices flowing.
Make a pad of sticky notes that say “thank you!,” “kudos,” “great work!” and other appreciation phrases so you have a bank of recognition notes for the future.
It’s easy enough to buy a printed card and write inside, but draw a little doodle and create your own card for a friend to say a personalized thank you.
It’s hard to say whether you’ve won the gold if you don’t know what the mission is. Take some time as a team to review your team’s goals and celebrate when they get accomplished.
Miss an absence
When a coworker returns from an absence or vacation, let them know how much their particular contributions were missed.
When someone does something great, being timely in your appreciation makes the recognition memorable.
Write it out
Craft the perfect message of appreciation by hand, then personally deliver a card to someone who deserves a thank you.
Take a time out
If things are piling up and your stress is in overload, take a breather to remind yourself what the end goal is.
Random acts of appreciation
Who deserves a thank you or that extra shout out of great work?
Try new things
Hold a potluck for your next team lunch and let everyone bring their favorite dish. It’ll be a fun way to get to know the team even better!
Be a friend
Research shows that managers who emotionally connect with their employees have happier and more engaged teams.
Focus on you
Don’t be afraid to ask whether your group offers development opportunities you can take advantage of.
St. Patrick’s Day
Be green. Don’t just wear the color today, but do something good for the environment, like recycling and riding your bike.
As the weather gets warmer, take the team out to enjoy the great outdoors as a bonding activity.
When someone who is usually shy and reserved does a great job, make sure to be vocal about how much you appreciate them.
Trust your gut
If a teammate does some great work and you think it could use a shout-out, let your boss know so they get appreciated.
Spell it out
To boost trust, engagement, and morale, let your team members know why their specific contributions matter.
Show team members you keep your word and follow through, and you will get a tighter-knit, more cooperative team.
Frame some memories
During the next award presentation, take pictures and give them to the team member of the hour. They’ll treasure them for years to come.
Clarity about the team goals, about each member’s role, and about the big picture, can set the team on a path to success.
Weather the storm
If the team is going through a rough patch or working on a difficult project, take it upon yourself to be their rock.
Make the time
It’s easy to forget to appreciate when you’re running from meeting to meeting. Set aside half an hour a week to acknowledge someone’s accomplishments.
Surprise the team and let them go home early one day to thank them for pulling through for a big win.
Get to know each team member through one-on-one coffee breaks so when the time comes to appreciate, you know how to personalize their kudos.
There are some great books out there on recognition and appreciation. Pick one up to peruse for ideas on how to appreciate great work.
Pass the kudos on
Tell your leaders about a coworker's great work this week.
Pause and reflect
Make a list of who helped you out this month, and why you appreciate what they did. Make sure (if you didn’t already) to share that appreciation.