I hope you had a great Thanksgiving this past weekend! Other than the Blue Jays winning and enjoying a wholesome dinner, Thanksgiving as always- was a great time to enjoy with friends and family but also – reflect.
I look at Thanksgiving as a time to say thanks to my dear ones and my associates for the favors they have done for not just myself but for the organization. There is no better time of the year than the approaching holiday season for company owners to spread gratitude to the people who have contributed to the business all year long. This includes the amazing employees who embody the culture, vision and soul of an organization. Showing appreciation should be a regular practice for any organization but the end of the year is a great time to step up the expressions of gratitude and go above and beyond.
Here are five simple ways to say thank you to your people:
- Give thanks.
Find a way to let members of your staff know that they are not just numbers but an important part of the workplace family and that you, the business owner, care about them individually.
- Stage appreciation events.
Every employee, every team member makes some sacrifice to be part of the organization and sometimes that sacrifice comes at the expense of spending time with their family members.
Say thanks with a company outing, a party or a huge get together that celebrates your people, their families and your organization.
- Plan an outing
In our organization we pride ourselves in working hard and playing hard. Find some time by organizing a day off for your team. Every year we do a team outing in the summer and the beginning of the year. Although I’d like to do more of these – there’s nothing better than taking a day off with the team and experiencing something unique.
- Send personal notes.
Sending love and appreciation to a team member can be as simple as sending a note. It doesn’t have to be a long letter and can simply be a note of thanks for the contribution this individual makes and your gratitude for the hard work and loyalty.
I hope these tips help. Regardless, thanks for taking the time to read.
I give thanks …