Today is Employee Appreciation Day and the perfect opportunity to thank employees for their hard work and dedication to your business!
That being said, most leaders understand employee appreciation is not a one day a year deal. It’s vital to business success to build engagement and recognition into daily business practices. Still not a believer? “Employee Engagement 2.0″ Author Kevin Kruse provides powerful rationale in his recent article, “Employee Engagement Research (Master List of 32 Findings)”.
Disney is a great example of a company that believes in the power of engagement. In his book “Employee Engagement – Lessons from the Mouse House,” Pete Blank discusses his years at Disney World. Disney works hard to make sure everyone who works there is highly engaged and understands their impact on the customer, right down to the parking lot attendants. To fulfill their mission of creating lifetime memories for their customers, Disney can’t afford to only dedicate one day a year to employee appreciation. Their business depends on engaging employees all day, every single day.
How Disney Does It
Blank talks about how Disney creates an engaged workforce with all the tools available: employee development, team building, motivation, relationship building, leadership training and a day-in and day-out commitment to recognition. With a uniquely diverse range of positions for employees to fill, Disney employees can explore their career aspirations in various areas of the business making this process all the more challenging. Disney believes so strongly in team building and leadership training that they created the Disney Institute to train other companies in the Disney way.
Disney motivates employees by building emotional engagement, tying everything they do to Walt Disney’s original goals of creating a magical experience for every customer. Management trainees spend time in the parks dressed as beloved Disney Characters to better understand the experience of park visitors. When the customer experience is everything to your business, employee engagement and recognition is a daily process.
Josh Bersin and Employee Recognition
Josh Bersin of Bersin by Deloitte has done research that shows employee recognition contributes greatly to organizational success, much more than traditional employee service awards for tenure. For the most effective employee appreciation results, Bersin found that recognition must be tied to specific results and behaviors, and is more powerful when related to company values and goals. His research showed that peer-to-peer recognition has more impact than recognition from leaders, although recognition from a direct manager is very powerful.
The Power of One Day
Although employee appreciation is most effective when incorporated into a comprehensive recognition or engagement program, there is value in special days to recognize and appreciate employees just like with Mother’s or Father’s Day.
Employee Appreciation Day was introduced in 1995 to remind employers that employee recognition is important. It’s an opportunity to thank employees for their hard work and dedication to your business. In much the same way, National Compliment Day started in 1998 to by Debby Hoffman and Katy Chamberlin to remind people of the power of compliments.
Take advantage of these special days to celebrate employees with a thoughtful note of appreciation, small gift, hosted lunch or fun activity. Or use the occasion to kickoff a new appreciation program. However you choose to say “thank you” to employees, it will be appreciated, valued by recipients and strengthen the emotional culture of your business.
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