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Jan 13, 2014

While you’re thinking about your personal resolutions, why not consider how you could transform your company with more appreciative actions in the New Year?

Thinking beyond a team gym date, you could start to make a difference in the happiness and productivity of your employees with these seven (7) resolutions of appreciation.

1. Say “thank you” for last year

The end of the year is a great time to review the efforts of your employees and write a card noting their dedicated work. Everyone should be recognized for the contributions they made all year.

2. Pledge to start small immediately

If you haven’t started the small acknowledgements for your employees, it’s time to think about how you can take those actions starting now.

It can start with thank you notes, or late holiday gifts with a card, but starting small is the first step to thinking big.

3. Plan a quarterly appreciation event

Get the time on the calendar now for regular recognition events.

These events don’t need to be a huge time or resource sink, but taking your team out to lunch, bowling, or drinks after work on a regular basis will pay dividends in more invested and appreciated employees.

4. Push an informal gratitude culture, starting with management

Meet with your managers to encourage them to start expressing their gratitude for the hard work of their employees in more informal ways.

Ideas that would work for any team: saving space at the end of emails praising employees for innovative ideas or taking a gratitude minute in a meeting to encourage members to share their thanks for others on the team.

5. Set your calendar for life events

January is the perfect time of year to get everyone’s birthdays or other life events (think upcoming nuptials or new bundles of joy) onto the calendar.

Set a reminder two days before the event to get a card signed by all team members or to organize a small gift collection. While everyone should feel appreciated for their efforts, no matter the calendar, making a special note of life events is an important step.

6. Start an Employee of the Month

If you haven’t already instituted an employee of the month program, it may be time to start.

If your company is quite large, each department could have their own employee of the month. Otherwise, set a reminder to ask managers to submit their stand out employees for company-wide recognition.

It often feels like certain departments are unduly represented in employee of the month programs, so try to select people from different areas of the company as much as possible.

7. Consider formal appreciation programs

If your company doesn’t have a formal appreciation program, maybe it’s time to think about putting one in place this year. We’re always happy to discuss what a great appreciation program could do to help your company meet its goals.

I hope these seven resolutions of appreciation will help start off your company’s new year with a resounding cheer for gratitude!

This was originally published on the OC Tanner blog.

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