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The need for recognition has never been higher. And a moment of gratitude from a colleague or leader can go a long way to boost morale. 

Here are a few tips on how to recognize your employees and clients in today’s environment:

Make it Personal 

Building a relationship with those you work with takes time and energy; two things that may feel in short supply. But building a strong personal relationship can pay off and will allow you to understand when moments of gratitude are needed. 

Personal milestones like birthdays and work anniversaries are important to your staff and recognizing these can go a long way in building relationships. The more time you take to build a relationship with co-workers, the more chances you will have to celebrate those milestones together. 

Find New Ways to Say Thank You

Depending on your company's working environment, face-to-face interaction between teams may be limited. Therefore, we need to get creative with how we show our gratitude and recognize our teams. Here are a few ideas you can start doing immediately: 

  • Employee Happy Hours
  • Thank you cards 
  • Give a well deserved promotion 
  • 1 on 1 meetings (Leave the agenda at the door) 
  • Surprise them with a birthday card or gift 

Spontaneous recognition

Recognition does not always need to come in the form of a plaque or salary increase (though they are nice). Taking an extra minute or two after a conference call to say “good job” and to point out some strengths will keep morale high and build confidence in your team. 

Interested in learning more about employee recognition? Check out our blog, where we explore new topics regularly.

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