5 Ways to Show Employee’s Recognition This Thanksgiving and All Year Long

5 Ways to ShowEmployee Recognition This Thanksgiving and All Year Long

David Lammer/Pinnacle Placements – November 20, 2020


Employee Recognition: Feel the Thanksgiving Spirit All Year Long

Thanksgiving season is the perfect time of year for Security Management and leadership professionals to remind their employees just how vital they are to the success of the firm and how much their contributions are valued.


Sincere and consistent employee recognition is important because it leads to higher morale, improved retention, and a more engaged workforce that produces higher-quality work.


However, research demonstrates that many managers need to make a more concerted and sustained effort to ensure their security staff is, in fact, feeling fulfilled while on the job. During the coronavirus pandemic, this is more important than ever.


A separate survey by Robert Half found that 53 percent of professionals wish they had more insight on how their day-to-day duties make a difference to the organization. Millennial professionals feel the most disconnected, with only 38 percent reporting that they see a direct correlation between their efforts and the company’s performance. Both numbers are alarmingly low.


The five simple (and essential) employee recognition strategies detailed below can help your security team members feel happier at work and more confident that their work is having an impact and genuinely appreciated this Thanksgiving and all year long:


  1. Take a Glance Back …and Then Pay it Forward

During the early portion of your career that you spent working up to your current leadership position, you reported to any number of managers. It’s likely you remember one or two of them specifically because their leadership style and management tactics left you without any doubt, they were grateful for you and your contribution to the organization’s goals.


Maybe those managers spent extra time talking with you every week to develop a closer working relationship, or always took time to listen to your concerns or thoughts? They always made the point to thank you in person rather than by email. Perhaps they recognized your potential and served as a mentor to you?


Whatever it was, you remember them for it. Think about the things that your favorite managers from the past did to recognize you and make you feel appreciated. Then, start (or keep) doing those same things for your staff members.


  1. Going Broke Saving Money

Do your homework and confirm that you’re providing fair and appropriate compensation to your team. A common reason good employees quit their jobs…below-market salary and benefits.


In addition to attractive starting compensation, annual and spot bonuses can be powerful motivators. However, don’t assume that offering more compensation is the best or only form of employee recognition, though. Cash bonuses and gifts tend to motivate employees only for a short period.


Consider balancing financial rewards with other perks and benefits such as offering flexible work schedules, sponsoring a career development or security conference, class, or retreat, taking over a least-favorite project, or even giving them updated tools and resources to do their job.


High turnover rates, low morale, and poor productivity may be costing you more than you think.


  1. I Hereby Declare

What’s even better than letting employees know you appreciate their work? Telling the whole team.


The positive effects of employee recognition multiply exponentially when you praise individuals publicly. Consider sending staff-wide congratulatory emails, mentioning top performers in the company or department communications, and holding meetings where you tell employees, one by one, exactly what they’re doing well and how their efforts make a positive impact.


  1. Drop a Line

Why not write thank-you notes to employees? This personalized approach offers an effective way to express gratitude, especially if you write notes by hand and tailor your messages to each employee’s achievements and efforts. The employees who get these notes are more likely to remember you for years to come as a thoughtful boss who sincerely valued the contributions of your staff.


  1. It’s All Fun and Games

Employee recognition doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore. Think about having an offsite meeting or gathering for them. Solicit their ideas and input. You can even ask all your staff members to take part in acknowledging and commending their colleagues’ efforts.


As you get more creative with these ideas and do them regularly, you will help to foster a workplace culture that puts both staff recognition and employee happiness front and center.


These strategies are just some ways for security managers and leaders to ensure they keep a focus on employee recognition for their team members. We invite you to share the unique ideas you have implemented in the comment section below.


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