Happy Employee Appreciation Day!

Because there are so many great articles on employee engagement and creating a culture of appreciation in the workplace, I want to share the best of these resources with you. Here are my favorites from this week. I have included some of my thoughts on these gratitude strategies (“Grategies”) and would like to hear your comments too.

5 Simple Steps for Line Managers to Achieve Employee Engagement by Paul Keijzer

(Business 2 Community) “Achieving a result is obviously important and recognizing an employee for his delivery is not only important to the person who achieved it but also sets a standard for colleagues and creates competition (in moderation of course).  However as important as it is to praise efforts and encourage people during their activities, a thank you, some words of wisdom or sharing an experience on how to do something goes a long way to engage employees and help them perform.”

My Thoughts:  We all want to be just a bit better tomorrow than we are today. Helping your employees reach their peak potential has a huge payoff in the short and long term.

Leadership, Service and Sustaining The Customer Experience By Micah Solomon

(Huffington Post) “Constant reconnection with workers, as well as constant reconnection of workers with the organization, is your greatest tool. The goal? Having people get to work and think, ‘You know what? Maybe if I didn’t have to go to work at all it would be better, but since I do have to work, I like this place. It’s healthy, clean, supportive, and engaging. So I’m going to give it my attention, performance, commitment, loyalty, and effort.’”

My Thoughts:  There is no difference between internal (employees) and external customers. The better you treat your employees, the better they will take care of your customers.”

Employee Appreciation: The Priceless Impact on Workplace Reputation by Allyson Willoughby

(TLNT.com) “While it may come as no surprise that the majority of employees surveyed in the Glassdoor study say pay raises are the number one way to make them feel appreciated at work, other types of valued forms of appreciation included unexpected treats and rewards, involvement in decision-making, company-wide recognition, telecommuting options, opportunities to do interesting work, and company sponsored social events.”

My thoughts:  Even though today is officially Employee Appreciation Day, make it a point to make your employees feel that they are a valued part of your organization every day!

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Lisa Ryan, creator of Grategy® is a professional speaker and bestselling author who focuses on workplace culture. For more information contact (216) 225-8027. For information on Grategy® programs please visit http://www.grategy.com. Follow on Twitter: @Grategy