We can expect to spend 40 hours at the office during a typical week. Kudos Board Also, consider the time spent at home, or working up late, as finding the optimal work-life balance is challenging, and some employees work more than 50 to 60 hours a week.
If employees spend this long at work It’s essential to ensure that they feel valued; in actual it’s essential. A study conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA) discovered that feeling appreciated in the workplace is a significant measure of job performance as well as engagement. It’s a crucial aspect of remaining motivated to complete the work.
However, between meetings with clients as well as the regular monotony of life it’s hard to prioritize appreciation on your list of priorities. Introducing . . . Kudos Board. Kudos Board.
Choose a Method
Your way of expressing appreciation doesn’t need to be on a wall. It could be on an area on the wall or corner or even the chalkboard that is located in the lobby or on the fridge in your breakroom. No matter where it is, make an area within your office to place notes of appreciation.
One of my client, Tom Turner, CEO of Nashville-based DSi has created The Applause Board, which is a place where team members can write cards of appreciation to colleagues. The board is situated in the kitchen of the company where everyone is able to see it and take part.
Spread the Word
To get the Kudos Board to work, everyone must know that the board exists. Tell your team members about the new initiative. Are you looking for an instance? Be the first to acknowledge anyone.
Begin with “I thank you for your kindness.” …” then you can use an specific instance. Be careful not to be cheesy or use clichés such as “being a team player” or “giving 100 percent.” The note should be a thank-you or acknowledge the person for an act which taught the group a lesson or pushed the company to the next level.
Your praises might be like this:
“I thank your efforts to coordinate the corporate outing. The event was a huge success and we’re all aware of the fact that it wasn’t planned by itself! Thank you for your assistance (and the enjoyment)!”
Or . . .
“You made a mess on Monday, when you showed up one hour early to meet with a customer who didn’t have a time available. Your dedication to providing an exceptional customer experience as well as being accessible really made an impression on the customer as well as your team! Great way to embody your company’s values!”
Notes can be informal enjoyable, entertaining, and full of the company’s values.
Reward Hard Work
Every quarter at DSi the company’s leaders gather their kudos in the Applause Board and choose the four most evocative of the four core values of the company. Then, caricatures of selected team members are displayed in the firm’s “Wall of Fame” for the entirety of the quarter. Then, at the conclusion of the year team members choose the overall winner for each of the core values and these people spin the “Wheel of Destiny” for additional prizes.
While not every organization recognizes its recognition as deeply in its culture as DSi but that’s not to say it can’t be. Start small by rewarding one member of your team by The Kudos Board each quarter. Give them lunch or take them on a romantic date with their partner. Bring to work the bottle of wine you have purchased or gift cards to the ice cream shop they love most.
It’s not difficult to show gratitude but it can also be the best enjoyable time you’ll ever have. Create an appreciation board now and ensure your team members that they are appreciated for their work.