Happy November! We all like to feel seen and appreciated. Having Team Members and Managers who shoutout your hard work can boost motivation, engagement, and the overall employee experience. For that reason, we’re putting the focus on giving thanks this month. When was the last time you thanked a team member for their hard work? Or publicly praised a team member?
“Workers want and need to know their work is appreciated. Showing gratitude to employees is the easiest, fastest, most inexpensive way to boost performance.” (Forbes)
As we head into the new year, it’s important to re-establish commitment. Start now by giving thanks to your Team Members and letting them know you appreciate their contributions. Here are a few of our best tips on how to do exactly that!
TRUVELOP TIP: GIVE THANKS TO GIVE IT YOUR ALL
- Express gratitude and thanks through Spark. In a Spark, let the team member know why you appreciate them and the positive impact they make. Team Members want to know their contributions are valued! “93% of employees who reported feeling valued said that they are motivated to do their best at work.” (APA) Sharing praise to promote ongoing engagement is important, especially for long-term goals and projects. It only takes 2 minutes to complete a Spark!
- Take the time to reflect. Reflection goes both ways. Encourage team members to build motivation by completing the Motivators Guide. Using the guide, Team Members can reflect and identify their intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, and demotivators. As a Manager, utilize the Meaningful Touchpoint Guides to ensure you’re fully prepared for your next Manager-Team Member sit-down conversation. Reflective practices lead to better equipped Team Members and teams, and helps create a strong culture of transparency in the organization.
- Give public recognition and praise. Share positive praise publicly company-wide by posting to the Recognition Wall. What big accomplishments have been achieved in 2021 and deserve public recognition? Showing appreciation publicly can help individuals to feel valued within their organization, increasing engagement and productivity in the workplace. Celebrate and respond to the recognition others receive on the Recognition Wall by using our new Celebrate emoji.
Before we dive into the Truvelop Tip, we wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of our dedicated users! Our fundamental purpose is to create the best possible experience for our Truvelop community. Creating meaningful relationships and encouraging positive development opportunities is what inspires us, and hearing your feedback is what motivates us to always strive for improvement. This has been an amazing journey and we couldn’t have done it without all of you!
TRUVELOP TIP: BUILD GRATITUDE INTO YOUR ROUTINE
In last week’s Lunch and Learn, we talked a lot about the proven benefits from practicing regular gratitude. Saying thank you makes everyone feel valued and can strengthen relationships and one’s sense of purpose. As we enter into the final stretch of the year, it’s important that everyone is inspired and ready to come together as a team. Here are examples of how you can incorporate gratitude into your routine:
- Daily: On a daily basis, be sure to check-in on your Team Members and thank them for the work that they’re doing. Highlight their contributions and emphasize their value on the team. People like to know that their work has meaning and meaningfully impacts the organization, so be sure to share specific examples. Send a Spark to recognize an accomplishment or job well done!
- Weekly: If you’re a Manager who has weekly check-ins, invite the Team Member to share what they are most proud of from this past week. Celebrate the little wins. Reminding the Team Member of their favorite parts of their role is a great way to encourage gratitude. Motivation and engagement are key areas to focus on, especially as we enter into the final stretch of the year.
- Monthly: At the start or end of every month, take some time to reflect or review an employee’s performance. We can incorporate gratitude by utilizing a growth mindset to frame any challenges as growth opportunities. For example, if a Team Member was covering some additional responsibilities, a Team Member might say, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to grow and try new things. I developed this new skill and have learned what I like about this other role.” As a Manager, we can share, “I’ve really enjoyed seeing you grow this past month. By taking on this additional project, you’ve developed this skill and are quickly growing in your role. I appreciate the hard work and dedication.”
Gratitude can look like a lot of different things. Practicing regular gratitude has been shown to improve health and mood, strengthen relationships, and create a more positive perception of quality of life. In the workplace, this means greater motivation, greater inspiration, more positive Manager-Team Member relationships, and an overall more positive employee experience. Whether we are explicitly saying thanks or celebrating the progress that we’ve made, we can incorporate gratitude into our daily habits. To learn more about the creative ways that you can be expressing gratitude, be sure to check out last week’s Lunch and Learn, Giving Thanks to Give It Your All.
Do you have an end of year sit-down coming up with your team member? Be sure to check out our Touchpoint Guides so you can come prepared for that meaningful development conversation: Reflect, Ready, Review.