The holidays are just around the corner, so it’s a great time to show appreciation to your co-workers for what they do for you all year round. You may even want to set your first New Year’s resolution – and make acknowledging your peers at work a regular practice, regardless of the season. Some of these items may require an expenditure, but others don’t cost a penny. And every one is well worth the effort!
Just Say It
Simply thanking a co-worker face-to-face for their support proves the meaning behind your words. A more thoughtful workplace is appreciated by everyone, and your heartfelt expression of gratitude may become contagious.
- Don’t forget to say “please” as well as “thank you.” Social niceties do belong at work. In fact, they can contribute to better comradery, collaboration and morale.
- Make sure the boss knows about it. Verbally let your co-worker’s manager know how much they have helped you – and then put it in writing, so it’s on record. All it takes is a brief email spelling out the ways a colleague has gone the extra mile to assist you, your department or your team.
Offer a Work Favor
Especially at the end of the year, which is crunch time for many people and businesses, offer to help a co-worker with a project that needs a boost – or take another step to make their lives easier.
- Extra time off can be a lifesaver. If you’re the manager, post a schedule so people can balance their time off with their personal needs. If you have a peer who’s feeling the strain, offer to trade days off or work extra hours to help them out – with the boss’s OK, of course.
Rewards and Recognition
Does your company have an employee recognition program? If so, nominate a co-worker who has helped you out and made your life easier. Or, give them a meaningful gift to show your appreciation. Try a gift card to their favorite restaurant, coffee shop or store. What could be better, with all the shopping and holiday hustle-and-bustle going on?
For more ideas on showing appreciation for your staff and co-workers – from simple gestures to comprehensive programs and strategies – contact the workforce development experts at PrideStaff Modesto. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help build and maintain your industry-leading team – or take your career to the next level in the weeks and months ahead.