So this isn’t some big strategic or deep post — its more of a reminder. Sometimes we get so caught up in the “big” things, the “little” things get neglected. Its the holiday season and that is always a time for me to reflect and think about all that I’m thankful for. A big part of the season, not only as an HR pro, but just for me personally, is taking time to sincerely thank all of those people who are special to me — especially after the year that I’ve had this year. 🙂 It may be a “thank you” for something very specific, or it could be a way to expressing how much I appreciate having someone in my life. One of my love languages is “receiving gifts” and one of my top five StrengthsFinder strengths is “Individualization” — so I love to give gifts as much as I get them :). However, sometimes my gift giving list gets pretty long — when I think about people I work with and other professional colleagues… and at some point, if you’re like me, you list gets to be pretty big and you’re giving people trinkets just to give them something and stay within budget – but it kinda misses the mark it’s not just about giving gifts — it’s about what’s behind it. Often times, simple is better.
You can’t always throw a big party, have a large lunch, or give the day off — but here are a few free or low-cost ideas that you can use to say thank you or show appreciation to your team or teams that you support.
Say THANK YOU, its simple and to the point .. and I find that people don’t do it nearly enough. A meaningful “thank you” goes a long way with a long of people – and its totally free.
Write a handwritten heart-felt note … or for some of your peeps, they may prefer it via socmedia.
Print (and/or frame) a photo with a fun memory or event from the year – maybe from a team outing, conference, event.
Make a home-made treat — or maybe pick up a special treat. Personally I take note of what people’s favorite treats are (or have new employees fill it out on a “get to know you form”) and I try to personalize it (that’s my individualization again). But sometimes just providing a simple treat whether they are cookies or a fruit salad – the thought can convey appreciation. I know we’re all busy, but try NOT to just leave it on someone’s desk or chair — if possible give to them in person and spark a conversation.
Set up some quality time — whether it’s a pot luck, volunteering together, going for a walk in the park, bowling — spending quality time with folks says “I care” and “I appreciate you”.. and want to spend some time with you.
What are some of the ways that you show appreciation to your employees, teams, or colleagues and spread #hrgoodness?