Leaders, Business Owners: Now is the Time to Do Something Intentional and Impactful
If you care about your employees, now is the best time to show them.
We’re in the midst of “The Great Resignation,” also known as the “The Great Awakening,” in which millions of people are quitting their jobs or striking for better work conditions. Not only has the pandemic lead to job and career burnout, it’s given people the time and impetus to re-assess their work options.
This assessment and self-exploration process includes people asking themselves two critical questions:
- Do I find meaning and purpose in my work?
- And does my employer value what I do?
For those fortunate to answer “Yes” to the first question, a “No” in response to the second question can be a deal breaker as doing meaningful work doesn’t ensure employees’ continued commitment to what they do when they don’t feel valued by their employer.
Everyone needs to know that their work matters AND that they matter
Ideally, employees’ value should be embedded in a safe workplace and positive company culture that also honors them in special recognition programs, celebratory milestone events, Employee Appreciation Week, etc.
The months November through January, however, offer a unique opportunity to acknowledge employees’ collective contributions in sustaining operations and serving customers – especially in these most challenging times – as part of holiday festivities, a year-end wrap up, or new year kick-off.
These quotes sum it up best:
“In this tight job market, the last thing a company should do is forget to show appreciation. That’s important all of the time – and especially during the holidays … The holiday celebration is a worthwhile investment that will impact your company’s morale and, ultimately, its bottom line. It shouldn’t be trivialized.” Tina Hamilton, founder, myHRPartner, Inc. [Learn more in her article, Creative Ways to Celebrate Holidays in the Workplace.]
“What’s one thing you’re going to do to signal to people that you value and appreciate them for their efforts and making progress?” Christopher Littlefield, founder, Beyond Thank You
How will your employees know they’re valued this season?
I appreciate your article on…appreciation! And it doesn’t have to cost a thing. Thank you goes a very long way. Thank YOU, Sybil!
Yes, Julia, it costs little and goes a long way. Thank YOU!