Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks (to the people you love, to the makers of stretchy pants). So there’s no better time to show your employees just how much you appreciate them.
While the jury is still out on whether hugs in the office are appropriate, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite articles on employee recognition to inspire you to give thanks to your employees this holiday season.
Wear Your Thanks on Your Sleeve
Want the world to know just how much you appreciate a certain employee? Try making a custom “Employee of the Month/Week” t-shirt and wearing it around the office. For more on that fun (albeit potentially creepy?) idea, plus four other ways to show your appreciation, check out “5 Fun Ways Supervisors Can Recognize Employees.”
Spread the Love
Showing your appreciation should go beyond saying thank you – it should be engrained in your day-to-day interactions with your employees. This not only means connecting with your employees on a professional level, but on a personal one as well. Find out more in “6 Ways to Get Employees to Love You as a Leader.”
Help Them Grow
To truly show your employees that you care, invest time in their professional growth. And just remember, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach to developing your team members. Learn the best ways to support your employees (and enjoy some awesome farming analogies) in “Fertilize the Soil: 3 Ways to Nurture Your Employees.”
Use Technology to Say Thanks
While credit should still be given in person, you can rely on technology to help you track data associated with your company’s rewards and recognition practices and identify ways to improve upon your culture of recognition. Read more in “It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Say Thank You at Work.”
Give Them a ‘Fun’ Break
Sometimes, all it takes to show employees that they’re appreciated is to give them a break from their work and have a little fun as a team. And really, who doesn’t love an office potluck? For more ideas, check out “Want More Fun at Work? 10 Things Your Company Can Do Right Now.”