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Time to show employees a little gratitude

The holiday season can be a perfect time for companies to reinvigorate their employee reward and recognition programs, capitalizing on the goodwill and high morale the months of merriment bring.

The holiday season can be a perfect time for companies to reinvigorate their employee reward and recognition programs, capitalizing on the goodwill and high morale the months of merriment bring.

For firms pondering what they can do to mark the season and honor their staff members, it may be time to harness the "power of thanks" and make gratitude a key component of their recognition management strategies, HR News reports.

This means that when senior personnel see staff members going above and beyond when working with a client or tackling a major project, leaders should let them know by thanking and even rewarding them for their efforts. This can be as effective a mechanism for shaping workers' habits and priorities as any training module, the news source asserts.

"Whenever I saw an employee going out of her way to make sure that the product a client purchased was the best possible value, I thanked her for doing it," Todd Patkin, business author, explains for the news source. "If a store manager made a mistake and came clean to me about it, I thanked him for that, too. Never forget that whatever you acknowledge positively will be repeated."

Managers should refrain from only pointing out exemplary behavior. By recognizing it repeatedly, senior personnel will underscore desired work habits for the entire company.

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