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Prior to moving for my husbands work and becoming a busy SAHM with only a part time job I love, I worked full time for over 10 years in Veterinary then human medicine. When you work for a large group, especially a medical group, employe appreciation can be hard to find. In fact, the motivation and morale is lower in most medical groups then you may ever imagine. Your nurse and Doctor may walk into your room with a smile and compassionate nature and this is because they may truly be a compassionate and nurturing human being, but behind the scenes and in the politics of their workplace they get nothing in return. They have been asked to do and sometimes without a ‘Thank you”. That’s a typical life of working for a large group these days.
Simple Ways to Implement Employee Appreciation
If you are a team manager or in an upper management position of any company that employs from a hospital group to a restaurant, implementing a regular employee appreciation pattern just may change the dynamics of your workplace as soon as tomorrow or when you decide to start recognizing others.
How do you start? If you want to start tomorrow, pick up donuts on the way in to work. Grab a sharpie and write a note on the box and don’t just dump it in the break room but walk around-use your words and thank everyone-tomorrow! Start today by picking up an employee calendar. This calendar has every birthday and hiring anniversary date for every employee from veteran employees to the one that started last week. Every week, glance at it and do something on their special day for them. It can be a card and a $1 scratch ticket or a note and a piece of candy.
Tomorrow you can assign a team building leader if you have a very large group. Give her or him the calendar and the job to make sure they recognize everyone and inform you each day or week who you need to personally recognize if your job is too demanding to stay on it yourself. It can be that simple, but do something!
If the morale is so low in your workplace, keep in mind that many may take your gesture as a selfish motive and may not feel the appreciation so you need to gather everyone and use your words-in person. For them to get a bag of candy from Suzie who says it is from you will make no effort to implement change. It is simple-be present, use your own words and let your recognition towards others match the individual’s qualities and efforts. Just as each of your own children have their own special ways- no matter what stages they are going through and how angry they make you, your children each have that one special quality. As a parent, you find those and recognize those and make them shine through those individual qualities and the same happens for your work family. You need to have that mind set and if your employees feel like family and less like your personal work horse you have them and it will begin to bring a morale much greater if they enjoy coming in and feel they can approach their management. Be THAT management and you can start tomorrow with a mini meeting!
I worked the majority of my career for a large Cardiology group within the hospitals near us. I was a surgery and procedure scheduler for 9 Cardiologists and various NP. The morale was very low that even as a person who likes to just show up, be fair to everyone and do my job it was hard to not feel the lack of happiness from so many employees. It was day to day of “make Doctors happy or else…”. The key was in the management choices. If you have the wrong manager, morale gets lost and you if choose the right manager or leader the morale is high. It can be that simple. In my old workplace, it was obvious that our leaders hated their job and that rubbed off on all of us. Take care of everyone but don’t forget your leaders!
One day we had a meeting between 3 of the offices, a small room packed with us-tired and early in the morning. We saw one of our Doctors standing there which was not typical because they rarely attended employee meetings. He was there to recognize some changes we have all had to endure with merging, etc and wanted to make sure we knew he appreciated all of us. That’s it! In the middle of his morning when they are busy with schedules full of morning heart cath or pacer implementation procedures befofre their clinic day starts up and all nighters of being on-call he made sure his schedule was open to come say thank you. It was the only and last time we got that, but to this day I remember that small gesture.
If this inspires you to make a change, then I encourage you to visit www.Sodexo.com. It is important that you begin to build a relationship with your employees as you would want at home or in society. Start building a relationship of trust, open communication and appreciation. Nothing but good can come from that….if it’s from the heart.
Let me know your thoughts? I’d love to hear one way you were appreciated that really stands out. Have you worked in an environment with very low or very high morale? Share with us!