As we prepare to acknowledge the important people in our lives, buying gifts, making holiday treats, have you remembered everyone? Many of us have our bosses on the list, If you’re a leader, have you remembered your team?
Your team has worked hard all year, to complete important projects and initiatives. They make an effort to be the professionals that they are, and their successes are yours too.
I once worked for a company where the CEO didn’t believe in saying, “Thank you” to his team or anyone in the company for that matter. He believed that our weekly remuneration was the company’s thanks for a job well done. That may have been true, but people are not robots. They need to be fed emotionally as well as physically.
Think of bosses that inspired you to work harder and smarter than you thought you could. How did they make you feel?
When I think of the bosses that inspired me to stretch beyond what I previously thought possible, they all made me feel valued as a person. They also told me that the work I did really mattered. They thanked me when I did an especially great job, but they also let me know on a regular basis that they were grateful for the work I did.
Acknowledging your team’s contributions should be happening throughout the year, but year-end is a good time to do something formal. Ideally it should be something from you personally (as opposed to a corporate expense). Baking breakfast treats for my team was one of my holiday rituals. Whether it’s a meal or a small gift, your team will appreciate your token of thanks - person to person.
QUESTION: How do you thank your team?
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