In the press of business, while we’re rushing from one meeting to another, answering emails, hustling to get another report done by the deadline, it’s easy to forget to say “Thank you.” That’s why 25 years ago today was declared Employee Appreciation Day.
We all know how important it is to recognize each other for the contributions we make. It’s especially important for managers to acknowledge not only the special efforts employees make, but their day-to-day performance. Because it’s what people do each day that make a team, a department, a division and ultimately the entire organization successful.
Dr. Bob Nelson understood this when he wrote 1001 Ways to Reward Employees in 1994. Realizing that managers too often neglect offering even a simple thanks for a job well done, he came up the idea of a day to encourage bosses to recognize their team.
“I’m a big advocate of using recognition on a daily basis,” Nelson told Business Insider. “By no means is Employee Appreciation Day meant to be this one day to thank people or this one day to bring in doughnuts… But I did want to have one day where we could call attention to the topic and have conversations about its importance.”
As you can tell by reading this blog post, he was successful. Appreciation and recognition have become indispensable parts of good management. Dozens, perhaps hundreds of studies tell us recognition is as essential as a fair wage to a motivated workforce.
At Green Key Resources we try hard to remember to say “Thank You” and to show appreciation for the good work everyone does.
In honor of today, we want to publicly take the opportunity to say