Boost Moral By Using Simple Recognition

Believe it or not there are many managers out there that don’t feel they should have to say thank you to an employee who is just simply doing their job. Well, I beg to differ. I feel that giving thanks, even if it is for the smallest thing, is essential to boosting moral and giving recognition. Coming into work week after week doing the same exact thing can be mundane and after awhile you feel almost robotic. As a manager giving kudos or thanks is a way to bring the human element back into the job. It feels good when people recognize you for the good things that you do and it gives you that intrinsic reward you have been striving for in the work that you do.

The easiest way that I have found to give recognition is to write my employees a little note to tell them about the good things I have seen from them. Even though the written notes can be time consuming, the positive outcome is far greater than the time that I put into it. Also by giving a note, my employees can hang it in their cubicle or put it on their desks as a reminder that their work is important and they are important piece of the company. In my opinion it leaves a longer lasting impression than just verbal recognition alone.

I have put together a few check lists as a guide to help you make your notes.

First, here’s a list of some reasons you could give a note:

  • Your employee met their goal.
  • Your employee has been working on improving their work and you want to let them know that you have recognized their efforts.
  • They beat a record (personal, or something that was set by another employee)
  • Your employee came up with a best practice that was implemented in the workplace.
  • They went out of their way to do something they were not asked to do.
  • They helped on a special project.

Obviously, the list could go on and on but this should give you a good idea on what to look for.

Second, here are some examples of what you could say in the note:

  • “John, I noticed you have been working hard to improve your writing skills. I read your last article about…I really liked the way you said…”
  • “Sally, I really appreciate you helping me put together the manager’s luncheon on Friday. Without your help I would not have had everything put together in time”
  • “Pam, way to go on beating your personal best on Wednesday! Your hard work paid off and you are now raising the bar for excellence in your department!”

Lastly, I leave you a few tips that I follow when putting it all together:

  • Make your message personal. Write something more than just “Thank you”.
  • Sound sincere.
  • Sign your name on the note.
  • Write legibly.
  • Get fun cards or stationary. It adds a personal touch.

I hope this helps you make a more personal connection with your employees. I try to do this at least twice a week along with giving verbal recognition daily. Please feel free to leave comments below about strategies that have worked for you or the success that you have had with the advice I have given in my blog. Thanks for reading!

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10 comments on “Boost Moral By Using Simple Recognition

  1. Great post, many studies have been done that say employee happiness is tied closer to recognition as opposed to compensation. Like you said, the key is to make it personal.

  2. I agree with you Stephanie managers should recognize their employees. To show you support your employees you can have challenge days where you can win gift cards or movie tickets for going above or beyond the target set. If your employee is outstanding see about nominating him or her. Recognition goes a long way.

    • Lucky for me the company that I work for has a great recognition plan set in place that rewards people for doing great work. If I ever did go to a company that didn’t have any type of recognition system I would definitely implement a nomination system. Great ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Stephanie,
    Really enjoyed reading your post. I have to say you hit it dead on. Doing the little things for people to show you recognize their efforts make the biggest difference. By adding those little touches it can completely change the moral of where you are working. Every month my company does anniversary’s for employees. The excitement that everyone gets when Anniversary day rolls around is huge. By recognizing them and how long they have worked with the company, they want to come to work and keep being a part of the company. Thank you for reminding us of just how much a little can go a long way.

  4. Stephanie,
    I couldn’t agree with you more! Recognition makes all the difference at work, especially when it comes in the form of a tangible object. Great post and thank you for the tips on how to put the recognition note together!

  5. A great lesson for any manager. I myself (and probably everyone) has worked with a boss or manager that never recognises your for your efforts, or creates a very general “you all did great,” which is fine, but individual recognition really hits home for an employee. I’ve even appreciated a simple email that my boss took the time to write to let me know, job well done, we appreciate the work. So going as far as to write it on paper on a special card–that really makes you feel appreciated. Good job!

    • I know I have had several managers like that and those were the ones that I could put up with and do what I had to do but I never went above and beyond. Creating that culture of recognition really drives your employees to do well. Thanks for the comment!

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