In day-to-day work, a ‘thank you' or ‘well done' compliment to your team members or colleagues go a long way to boost them in their work
It really sucks when someone is not appreciated when it is due!!
It is not necessary that someone should achieve remarkable success for us to appreciate their job. In day-to-day work, a ‘thank you’ or ‘well done’ compliment to your team members or colleagues goes a long way to boost them in their work.
But, sometimes you might leave that to a right moment or an occasion where everybody gathers together to appreciate someone’s efforts. Or sometimes, you might want senior manager/management to appreciate your team member publicly and wait for them. But by this time your team member’s anticipation might have waned already and this often ends up in less impact on motivating your team.
Having understood this, we (in my previous company) made a shrewd move of having handy an appreciation card named ‘Thanks a Zillion’ that can be used at any level within the organization and looks classy too. We distributed this card to all functional heads and they made available this to all their teams by keeping the bunch of cards in a common place, which was close to everyone’s cubicle.
Employees were able to appreciate each other irrespective of their functions and hierarchy. An employee from the marketing department, who closely works with the customer care department, could express his gratitude for the help rendered to him in completing a project. In the below picture, a manager appreciates the accurate MIS reports provided by one of his team members even under tremendous pressure.
A boring long mail was replaced with an appreciation card that everyone showcased in their workstation. Employees liked this way of expressing their gratitude in a fun and authentic way.
What do you do to appreciate one another?
Nisha Raghavan is an HR professional who believes that “nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm and passion for excellence”. She has a Masters in Business Administration, and presently works in a leading telecommunications company in India.