1. Send something to their home to thank their spouse, significant other, and/or family – tickets, coupons, a video or DVD, a food treat. Involving families will help them be more understanding when your employee has to put in extra time at the office!
2. Invite employees to have breakfast or lunch with you, one on one. Ask them what they love about your organization and what their ideas are to make it better. You will be amazed at the important feedback you will receive in a relaxed and trusting atmosphere.
3. Give them something that relates to their passion – a book, article, tickets, a tool, etc. First of all, learn what IS their passion—what they love to do in their free time, what makes them “come alive” when they talk about it, and then REMEMBER that passion and mention it to the employee from time to time. This shows them that you care about them as a human being with a life outside of work and will build loyalty and connection. Don’t forget to share YOUR passion with them, too!
4. Give them an opportunity for some learning completely unrelated to their job financial planning, music lessons, a wine seminar, dancing lessons, presentation skills, golf lessons, creative writing. You are helping develop an individual in all facets of his/her life which will make for a better and more well-rounded worker and perhaps helping a dream come true.
5. Surprise them at the holidays by giving them an extra hour at lunch for Christmas shopping. (If times are good, give each employee $25 or $50 to buy something for themselves and then share what each purchased.)
6. Call someone in the employee’s family to thank them. Call someone in the employee’s family (mother, spouse, significant other) to thank them for sharing such a great person with your organization. This will be an experience that NONE of you will ever forget!
7. Write them a note telling them all the specific things you value about them. Many people will save these letters forever because no one has ever done this for them before.
8. Give each employee 5 paper cutouts of your hand. Each paper hand represents one hour of your time to do anything for them that they desire (within reason, of course! 😉 They will have the most fun teasing you with all the things they threaten they are going to have you do…..
9. Serve your direct reports breakfast or lunch. YOU cook! Or bring a brown bag lunch you have prepared for each employee and show a fun video while you all eat lunch together. We need more JOY in our workplaces!
10. Invite employees to your home for a party. This may be for families if you choose. Just seeing you in your own environment will create a special bond that can last forever. When I was a high school English teacher at Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois, I always invited all my students to our home for a Christmas open house. Just last week, 35 years later, I was invited to dinner with one of my former students when I was speaking in Chicago. He told me that of all the teachers he had ever had, I was the only one he remembered!
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Barbara Glanz Biography
A member of the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame and one of fewer than 700 Certified Speaking Professionals worldwide, Barbara Glanz, CSP, CPAE, works with organizations to improve morale, retention and service and with people who want to rediscover the joy in their work and in their lives. She is the first speaker on record to have spoken on all 7 continents and in all 50 states. Known as "the business speaker who speaks to your heart as well as to your head," Barbara is the author of twelve books including The Simple Truths of Service Inspired by Johnny the Bagger®, CARE Packages for the Workplace, and 180 Ways to Spread Contagious Enthusiasm™. Voted "best keynote presenter you have heard or used" by Meetings & Conventions Magazine, Barbara uses her Master’s degree in Adult Learning to design programs that cause behavior change. She lives and breathes her personal motto: “Spreading Contagious Enthusiasm™” and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and www.barbaraglanz.com.