CELEBRATING EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY
Practicing flexibility in the office
Praising team efforts and accomplishments
Employees are the backbone of any business, big or small. If you’re looking for a way to give thanks to your hardworking staff, there’s no better time than now. Employee Appreciation Day is a non-official holiday that takes place on the first Friday of March. However, this holiday doesn’t have to be confined to a single day, nor does it have to be expensive. HISTORY In 1995, the idea came to Dr. Bob Nelson — also known as the “Guru of Thank You” — and he put it into action. Dr. Nelson is a founding Recognition Professionals International board member, head of Workman Publishing, and author of “1,001 Ways to Reward Employees.” His goal was to create and bolster the bond between employee and employer in all industries. OBSERVING EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY An employer can use many different methods to give thanks to their employees. To celebrate, employers across the country throw office parties, buy lunch for the whole office, or give their workers part of the day off. Other ways to celebrate on that day, month, or throughout the year include:
Giving thank-you cards to your staff
Creating an encouraging environment
Recognizing team and individual achievements publicly
THE IMPORTANCE OF APPRECIATION No matter where they work, employees want to be treated like human beings. When they’ve reached a personal or professional goal or they accomplish a feat for their team, they want to be recognized. And when that recognition is given, employees feel proud of their work and valued as individuals within the company. It doesn’t take much effort to give that praise, and when you do, it affects the whole company in a positive way. Taking the time to value people for the work they do will create a happier and more productive workplace. Let this year’s Employee Appreciation Day be the first day of many to celebrate the efforts of hardworking employees.
Organizing an after-work gathering
Buying surprise snacks for the entire office
FOLLOWING THROUGH ON GREG CARDON’S ‘10X RULE’
not deny yourself success because you’re afraid to fail. “10X Rule” encourages us to move past our fears and into action. It encourages us to think beyond what’s within our grasp and beyond what might be easy. One of the biggest mistakes we can make is going after the hill when we should be tackling the mountain. Stop making the common mistake of setting your goals too low and start reaching higher and acting on it. While 10X applies to business strategy, Cardon is quick to remind us that his principles can be used in every area of life. From spiritual, to physical, to familial, there’s no limit on what you can do when you go at it with 10X. Inspired by the book, I’m making “take massive action” my theme for 2019. My first step to carry out this mission was to address some of my PR and marketing strategies. I want to connect with people who can help me grow my business and with clients who will benefit from my services. To do that, I need to take a 10X approach. I’ve been taking bigger, braver steps every day with 10X in mind.
I recently finished Greg Cardon’s business book “The 10X Rule.” (I know, I’m about 10 years behind everyone in getting to this one.) The message has revamped my approach to my goals. I tend to take little steps towards big goals, knowing I'll get there eventually. But thanks to the takeaway from Greg’s book, I’ve realized that’s not what successful people do.
If you talk to people who’ve found business success, they don’t get there with hesitant baby steps. They take massive action, as Cardon calls it. Applying 10X to your vision and goals will help you get where you want to go. 10X is a mindset, which is part of what makes it so powerful. It asks you to change the way you think about and act on your goals, leading you to realize that you can go further. The book is a wakeup call: “Success isn’t an option.” Use other people’s success to inspire you rather than make you feel defeated that you’re not there yet. Honestly, taking massive action can be scary. It’s something Cardon addresses in his book. It’s scary to go all in, but it’s also important to make that commitment to your goals and
What will you 10X this year?
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