Positive reinforcement goes the longest way – this is what all managers must learn. Productivity is quite closely related to the way employees feel when they are at work, to how they feel regarding the treatment they receive, and the recognition they receive after putting in long hours. An unofficial holiday was set up back in 1995 with the specific purpose of celebrating employees for their hard work and effort throughout the year. It is celebrated on the first Friday in March, and its purpose is straightforward – strengthening the bond between employer and employee.
Woefully, this important connection is usually lost in big firms with tens or hundreds of employees. Many people don’t even get to see the face of their top employer, which makes the workplace feel very impersonal. However, with large firms, there are managers with who workers come into contact and who have the direct leading role. It falls on their shoulders to make workers feel at home so that they put passion into their 9 to 5.
Positive reinforcement should be practiced year-round. While things have changed in the past decades and workplaces are homier than ever, there are still leaders who feel like an iron fist and harsh discipline are the way to go. These people are usually proven wrong when the numbers come in or when employees start fleeting to places where they know they will receive better treatment. But we are not here to discuss these managers who lack leadership skills. No, we are here to give ideas to those who respect and value their workers, who know how far along they will come if they give their hard-working employees the treatment they deserve.
Among the most popular options for employee appreciation day is taking the whole team to a private center or a spa. Relaxation at its finest with colleagues and getting to socialize for a bit without having work come up every few minutes is just what everyone needs to unwind. If you haven’t planned an event of this magnitude before, we are here to show you what activities you ought to consider and how you should pick the destination for this year’s unofficial employee appreciation day to make everyone happy.
The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered a massive change in how a vast majority of companies do their work. The change we are referring to is having employees work from home. This has led to a greater estrangement between workers and their higher-ups, but it’s not impossible to keep a tight-knit relationship if you really put some bone in it. Aside from having more sessions where you simply talk to each other, share ideas, have people’s input to see how they are doing and taking this development, you can easily spoil workers a bit and show appreciation.
What’s important is that you don’t leave anyone behind and give it your best to make everyone who works for you feel spoiled because let’s face it – they deserve every bit of it! A little effort will go a long way since the psyche of the people in your command will receive a much-needed boost.
If your budget allows it, a great idea would be to set up a contract with a local spa or private center for year-round use. Most companies have special discounts for their employees, discounts that they negotiate with venues of the sort. This way, you can treat your workers to relaxation all year long instead of on specific dates.
By proceeding in this manner, you boost productivity in the long-term since whenever an employee feels like they need a day for themselves, they can just use their discount to get that tension-relieving massage or relax on a chair while receiving a paraffin wax bath from a pro who knows what they are doing. Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of this deal:
Statistics show that even a simple “thank you” for completing a task makes a huge difference. We all respond to positive reinforcement, it’s in our DNA. This is why we urge managers to go beyond this single day and do their best to treat employees right year-round. Your gestures don’t necessarily have to cost any money, only when the time asks for it. Personal gestures, noticing efforts, smiling, these small changes in attitude make all the difference in the world.
Nothing hits closer to home than saying what’s on your mind to someone’s face. Make your praise personal and truly heartfelt by reserving a bit of your time to talk directly to employees when you have positive feedback to offer. Just call the person in your office for a few minutes and have a chat where you simply show your appreciation verbally. The change will astound you when it comes to productivity since the worker in cause will feel an immediate boost in their motivation, trying to put in more effort because of the intimate approach you take up.
It doesn’t necessarily need to be a full day. On the birthdays of your employees, you can give them a half-day off, for example. Give workers a full day or half a day off after completing a grueling task successfully too. The larger the project, the bigger your recognition for their effort should be too. Pay attention to those who tend to overwork themselves. They might be struggling in their private lives, which will inevitably spill into their work lives too. When you feel like someone hasn’t had a break in a while, give them one – they might accept the small relaxation period better coming from you.
Make it a habit to go out with your whole team for lunch at least once a month. Pick the spot where you will treat yourselves together through rotation so that no one’s favorite restaurant is overlooked. This sort of break together can bring everyone closer. Seeing how workplace drama is not uncommon even in the smallest firms, it doesn’t hurt having everyone together over lunch once in a while to let differences aside and get to know one another in a different setting where work talk doesn’t hover over their heads.
Make it part of your business’s routine to have goods delivered and spoil the whole team, yourself included. Order sweets from a local bakery that everyone loves, or simply have fresh fruit on the kitchen table every day. You don’t have to go overboard with this effort. The simple fact that you think about employees enough to treat them to a special something regularly is more than enough to boost morale.
Whether you pick to show recognition on this single day per year or you go above and beyond, taking our full set of tips and changing your attitude and managerial approach overall, what’s certain is that you will notice an improvement when it comes to the attitude employees have. Numbers are bound to drop when it comes to people leaving, word of mouth will inevitably function, and recruits will know that they will receive proper treatment at your firm, and you will notice that productivity boost every leader dreams about almost in an instant. A few massages, some sauna sessions, hot tubbing, and talking to each other while getting facials will take your company a long way.