1. Public Praise
I publicly share my employees accomplishments and talents. Whether I mention a specific goal in an email, on social media or in an article, I want to highlight them: Danielle Baker, thank you for your incredible insights; Hayley Lucich, thank you for being our social media hero; Jose Pina and Robby Smith, thank you for championing our next behavioral experiments. I am so grateful for each of you.
– Vanessa Van Edwards, Science of People
2. Credit When Credit is Due
As employees experience wins, I immediately give credit to them via a company-wide email. We also host monthly company updates with the entire firm so everyone is in the know on wins for each employee, department and the company. It’s necessary to retain talented employees so I keep morale high by highlighting and rewarding successes and ensuring every hardworking employee feels valued.
– Darius Fisher, Status Labs
3. Unexpected, Unique and Impactful Giving
Whether you want to show gratitude toward a team member or a customer, be sure to give, share or send something that has a deep impact and touches the receiver at the core level. Say they have a passion for camping and the outdoors, and in conversation you heard them talking about saving for some new camping gear. An unexpected gift card to a sporting store would have a huge impact in this sort of scenario.
– Matt Shoup, MattShoup.com
4. An Act They Appreciate
When we think of showing gratitude, the “big” things usually come to mind first, such as raises, perks or gifts. But sometimes, the most meaningful ways to show gratitude are comparatively very small — maybe even free. This could be a high five, a thank-you note or a public compliment. Either way, find out what makes the other person feel appreciated, then show gratitude to them that way.
– Jesse Lear, V.I.P. Waste Services, LLC
5. Recognition at Weekly Meetings
We created a ritual where, on our weekly directors’ call, each person starts off by recognizing a member of his or her team and a specific good deed or accomplishment. That empowers everyone to notice and reinforce the little things that make all the difference.
– Christopher Kelly, Convene