What’s Better than a Holiday Party?

Larry Tucker

“Silent gratitude isn”t much use to anyone” – G.B. Stern

It’s the end of the year. You’re rushing to get those final expenses into the 2010 budget. Or to finish the planning for the big donor event in January. Or to get through your emails so you can take a couple days off.

What might be a great use of the last hour or two of your year?

In study after study on employee engagement, the one manager action that is most influential in affecting how employees feel about their employer and their boss is the simple act of giving recognition and showing appreciation. This might be the right time of year to express your gratitude to your employees, especially your leadership team.

I don’t mean stepping outside your office and screaming “thanks” to De kommer ogsa til a tilby flere betalingsmetoder og spillerne vil fa muligheten til a gjore innskudd hos Zynga Plus bestenorskecasinos.com ved a bruke alle de vanligste betalingsalternativene: Visa, Moneybookers, Neteller, MasterCard og Paypal. all your employees. I’m suggesting short one-on-one conversations with your leadership team. Very specific conversations. Not, “thanks for all your help this year”, but “I really appreciated that during those times when we had to get ready for our big events this year, you poured every ounce of your energy into making certain that they were successful”.  Or, “our organization is able to provide more services to our community today because you took the extra steps last year to develop new programs, and we all really appreciate that.”

Sometimes you may not be able to compensate your employees enough for the value they bring to your organization, or you may not be able to provide the best working conditions. But showing employees in a sincere way that you really appreciate them and their contributions to your organization is usually worth a lot more to employees than a few bucks.

Happy 2011!

Author: Larry Tucker, Executive Coaches of Orange County, www.ECofOC.org