A once-a-year appreciation wing-ding or daily
affirmations — what's the best way to show recognition?
While special "thank-you" events are great, what
matters most is the day-to-day interactions — between
co-workers as well as between staff members and supervisors/deans/directors.
It matters if you:
- Notice that I'm here
- Know my name
- Speak to me
- Thank me when I do work for you
- Notice when my work is exceptionally good
More formal expressions of appreciation
Recognition needs to be personal, relevant to the individual,
respectful, and professional.
- Picnics or barbecues can be made more meaningful when
senior management staffs the serving line to wait on employees,
as President Coleman did in 2003 for College of Literature,
Science, & the Arts staff
- The Plant Operations C.A.R.E.
Program offers its employees valuable gifts (bicycles,
telescopes) that can be had in exchange for coupons of appreciation
- Housing Division employees being recognized for 10 years
of service each received a personal, handwritten letter
of thanks from their immediate supervisors
Please watch this growing site for new ideas each quarter.
Send us ideas at contactus.html:
- What has made you feel personally recognized and appreciated?
- What suggestions do you have for other departments?
Some resources on employee recognition