It’s my favorite time of year. Cold weather, hot beverages, and good food… lots and lots of good food.
“When people see there’s purpose to what they do and in getting better in their job or that they’re recognized for a job well done, they become more motivated,” says Anita Bowness from Saba Software.
Little reminders of appreciation for your team will encourage them to finish the year with a bang and boost their confidence for taking on projects in the upcoming year. Here are some ways you can show your team some love and appreciation this holiday season:
1. Tell them.
This may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised at how uncommon it is for managers to express gratitude to their team.
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2. Hand out gift cards.
3. Let them leave early.
This feeling is literally like hearing the recess bell after a long math lesson. Of course, if there’s a ton of work to be done still, this might not be the best option. However, letting your team go home early is an excellent way of telling them they’ve worked hard and deserve an afternoon off.
4. Buy small gifts.
5. Plan a team happy hour.
Hang out with your team! Plan a happy hour after work and take some time to get to know your team and reward them for their hard work. If you’re looking to do something more hands-on, paint nights or cooking classes are easy-to-plan activities that allow your team to get creative and enjoy the finished product!
6. Organize a potluck.
Did I mention it’s the season of food? Potlucks are easy to organize, fun, and delicious! Giving your team an opportunity to plan something other than work is a great way to show your appreciation. Plus, it allows your team to show off their cooking talents (or lack thereof) and enjoy spending time together. If you really want to get into the spirit, make the potluck Thanksgiving themed! Everyone needs a little practice before the real deal.
7. Write a letter.
Nothing is more personal than a handwritten note. It takes time, and shows that you went out of your way to make them feel special. With everything done through email, online tools, and conference calls, it’s a nice surprise and more memorable to find a handwritten note disclosing your appreciation for your team.
8. Let them choose their next project.
9. Acknowledge them in a division- or company-wide email.
Putting your appreciation on display helps everyone see how hard your team has worked and may motivate other teams to work harder. Whether it’s a product announcement or an internal newsletter, it just takes a few minutes to give credit where it’s due and share the accomplishments of your team with everyone.
How do you give thanks to your team?
Share your ideas in the comments.