‘Tis the Season to Love Your Staff

The 12 Days of Appreciation

by Marguerite Ham

I was recently reading the Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, by Sarah Ban Breathnach. This book is a wonderful compilation of essays that stimulate reflection on how we are living or not living our lives with intention and appreciation for those most dear to us. I highly recommend it. 

There is a great quote by Aristotle:  “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”

As leaders, there is one thing we must repeatedly do for our staff members, appreciate them, love them, let them know we care!  Unfortunately, in our society of always onto next and busy being busy, this important way of being for a leader can fall to the bottom of the list or get lost in the chaos of the day to day whirlwind of work.  It is, however, one of the most important habits for a leader in order for people to feel valued and want to stay with you and the organization and serve the customers. 

“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.”

Anne M. Mulcahy

Here are 12 ways of letting your staff members know you care:

On the first day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

                The gift of my Undivided Attention

On the second day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

                The gift of Enthusiasm

On the third day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

                The gift of Creative Energy

On the fourth day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

                The gift of Spending Time Together, outside of work

On the fifth day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

                The gift of Support

On the sixth day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

                The gift of Empowerment

On the seventh day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

                The gift of Heartfelt Appreciation

On the eight day of Christmas, I gave my valued staff:

                The gift of Communication

On the ninth day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

                The gift of Positivity

On the tenth day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

                The gift of Creative Energy

On the eleventh day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

                The gift of Vision and Focus

On the twelfth day of Christmas, I gave to my valued staff:

                The gift of a Smile and Joy

Here is a related Harvard Business Review article, “Why People Really Quit their Jobs”.  Make it a habit to give those you care about and value the simple gifts of love and care.  If you do, you have a much better chance of retaining great people for your organization.

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