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Great Job! 10 Ways to Acknowledge Good Work

Do you supervise staff or volunteers? How do you show appreciation to them for a job well done? Check out these ideas for staff recognition shared by your colleagues in the sheltering field during our recent webinar, "Hiring, Firing and Supporting Your Staff," presented by the ASPCA's Kate Pullen. (And P.S., if you're not in a supervisory role, there are some great suggestions for letting your coworkers know you are thankful for their hard work.)

- "We have a thank-you box, and at each staff meeting we read all of the thank-yous for specific staff members."

- "Each month I get a card going around to celebrate the work anniversaries and get that person a gift certificate. It honors their time with our agency."

- "We have a Victory Wall—a large bulletin board where staff from other departments can see on their way to the kitchen. My team posts thank you emails and photos from people we've helped."

- "Send thank you emails to the staff for small things, and be sure to copy their managers on it."

- "We write notes and post them on the windows of cubes for all to see." - "It may be juvenile, but I love to give the staff 'high fives' when they've done something well. It is a very visual thing that makes everyone happy."

- "We have a 'Things That Make You Happy at Work' board"

-  "We have a Bonus Bones program—employees and managers compliment one another by putting a 'bone' on a bulletin board."

- "We have a whiteboard in the kitchen that's updated daily for all to note who we are appreciating that day and why."

- "Use the 10-4 rule... always acknowledge staff and volunteers when passing in the hall." [Note: Amy Mills references this in her webinar, Customer Service for Social Change."]

Which of these have you tried? How do you show appreciation for a job well done at your agency?

Missed the "Hiring, Firing and Supporting Your Staff" webinar or would like a refresher on interviewing, orientation and training? Listen to the recording and download the slides here.


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