Praise needs to be specific. Here are some openers to keep your praise detailed and relevant, while being creative.
- "You really made a difference by..."
- "I’m impressed with..."
- "You got my attention with..."
- "You’re doing top quality work on..."
- "You’re right on the mark with..."
- "One of the things I enjoy most about you is..."
- "You can be proud of yourself for..."
- "We couldn’t have done it without your..."
- "What an effective way to..."
- "You’ve made my day because of..."
There are clues you can look for to determine whether your employees are unhappy and likely to leave. Fortunately, you can use those clues to turn the situation around. Here are seven warning signs to take seriously, and advice for countering each one.
|Rarely participate in meetings
||Rotate meeting leadership so that every employee has the opportunity to run a meeting
|Show a lack of creativity or innovation
||Designate a specific time to brainstorm and discuss new ideas
|Start to form cliques
||Arrange interdepartmental get-togethers to help employees become better acquainted.
|Rush out the door at closing time
||Recognize people who have stayed late or put out extra effort to complete a project or achieve a company goal.
|Seldom smile or laugh
||Cultivate an atmosphere of fun in the workplace with a joke board where people can post cartoons and funny stories.
|Won’t share their personal lives
||Set the example by talking about your own life outside of work – what you did over the weekend, where you plan to go on vacation.
|Stay away from the manager
||Ask yourself what you’re doing to discourage communication: Do you become angry when you hear about mistakes? Do you frequently use sarcasm?
Recognition Ideas for Managers
- Treat Day - Full-time staff brings in treats/lunch for student workers.
- Post employees pictures and list what wonderful things they do for your department
- Create a yearbook to be displayed with everyone’s photograph and his/hers best achievement of the year
- Create a Hall of Fame Wall with photos of outstanding employees
- Create a photo collage about a successful project that shows all who worked on it, stages of development, and completed product
- Put an ad in the Argonaut thanking the employee
- Give out "life savers" as awards
- Coupon Booklets - This is always a big hit with students! Insert coupons for a free can of soda, one dozen baked goodies, etc. Be creative in designing your own coupons.
- Notes home - Send a note to the families of your student workers. Let them know what the student does, how their work impacts your department, and how terrific the student is.
- Bright ideas – Spray paint a light bulb gold, screw into a jar of play-dough and make a label around the jar naming who is receiving the “Bright Idea” award.
- Good Egg Award – Buy plastic Easter Eggs, fill with goodies and give out with "Good Egg" certificates. List what the student did to deserve this award.
- Pat on the back – Draw an outline of your hand on a piece of paper. Photocopy enough copies for all students in your office. On each hand write a note that tells the student why they deserve
a "Pat on the Back"
- Chalk the sidewalk in front of your office saying “thanks” to your student workers.
- Allow student or temp employee to attend the staff meeting
- Friendship plants – "connection" to the office
- Certificates - Buy low cost blank certificates and make up silly awards for students: best
telephone voice, best web-surfer, etc.
- Make a banner to hang for the whole week in your office.
- Decorate an office bulletin board or the office door for the week in recognition
- Write a letter of recognition without being asked.
- Word of thanks (personalized from supervisor). EXAMPLE: call them into the office just to say
thank you – nothing else
- Volunteer to do their most undesirable task for a day
- Have the “big” boss call or visit the employee to say thanks, well done, etc.
- Write 5 Post-It notes thanking the person for a job well done and hide them in their work area
- E-mail acknowledgement
- Allow employee to attend professional development workshops at the UI
- ABCD Award : Above & Beyond the Call of Duty
- Have employees vote for the top Supervisor, Employee, & Rookie of the year
- Post a thank you note on their door, timecard, desk, e-mail, etc.
- Put an ad in the Staff Affairs newsletter thanking the employee