The 12 Days of Appreciation

‘Tis the Season to Love Your Staff

by Marguerite Ham

I was recently reading the book “Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy,” by Sarah Ban Breathnach (<== click for link). This book is a wonderful compilation of essays that stimulate reflection on how we are living or not living our lives with intent and valuing those most dear to us. I highly recommend it.  

There is a great quote by Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

As leaders, there is one thing we must repeatedly do for our staff members: appreciate them, love them, and let them know we care.  Be the CLO Chief Love Officer – for your staff! Unfortunately, in our society of “always onto the next thing” and “busy being busy,” this important way of being for a leader can fall to the bottom of the list or get lost in the chaos of the day-to-day whirlwind of work.  It is, however, one of the most important habits for a leader in order for people to feel valued and want to stay with you and the organization and serve the customers.

Take care of employees

Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.

Anne M. Mulcahy

Here are 12 ways of letting your staff members know you care:

On the first day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

               The gift of my Undivided Attention

On the second day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

               The gift of Enthusiasm

THANK YOU
A big THANK YOU is always appropriate – and appreciated!

On the third day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

               The gift of Creative Energy

On the fourth day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

               The gift of Spending Time Together (outside of work)

On the fifth day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

               The gift of Support

On the sixth day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

               The gift of Empowerment

On the seventh day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

               The gift of Heartfelt Appreciation

Man smiling
The gift of a smile returns to the giver.

On the eighth day of Christmas, I gave my valued staff:

               The gift of Communication

On the ninth day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

               The gift of Positivity

On the tenth day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

               The gift of Creative Energy

On the eleventh day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

               The gift of Vision and Focus

On the twelfth day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

               The gift of a Smile and Joy

Here is a Harvard Business Review article, “Why People Really Quit their Jobs”.  Make it a habit to give those you care about and value the simple gifts of love and care.  If you do, you have a much better chance of retaining great people for your organization.

Resources

If you’re interested in a book of daily reminders that will help you keep focused on the important things of life, here are links to the daybook and its accompanying journal. I have not personally used the journal, but enjoy and can recommend the book.

Christmas cookies
Totally counts as employee appreciation according to 9 out of 10 employees in a honest-to-goodness real poll I just made up.

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