Posts Tagged ‘appreciation’

4 Tips for Hosting an Engaging Holiday Party for Your Employees

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

holiday party foodThrowing your team a holiday party is a great way for your organization to show appreciation for the hard work they contributed to your company throughout the year.

Holiday parties provide several opportunities for your staffers to mix and mingle away from the office, and they can help increase employee engagement. Coworkers will have fun meeting significant others or friends, and people in different departments or at different locations will be able to connect and get to know one another better.

Here are some tips for throwing a great end-of-the-year party to celebrate the accomplishments of your organization and your team:

If you have to talk about work, make it short!

Holiday parties allow you to become better acquainted with your employees and the people in their lives. Congratulating your team for a great year is fine, but going into details about projects or client requests should be avoided. There will always be time to discuss work when you and your team are back in the office.

Have fun with your coworkers

There are several ways you can interject fun at your staff holiday party. Make a list of things your team members will likely enjoy during the event. Whether you exchange gifts, set up a photo booth or invite carolers to sing to the group, encourage your employees to have a good time. Plan a few exciting surprises to have your employees talking well throughout the new year.

Limit the amount of alcohol you provide

Not that you can’t have a good time without alcohol, but offering employees of legal age a drink is generally part of the holiday festivities. Protect your party committee and your employees by providing your guests with no more than two drinks. Getting sloppy at the company party—whether it’s a seasoned manager or a recent hire—isn’t a win for anyone. If you’re serving alcohol, it’s also important to be aware of how each of your employees is getting home, especially if some decide to spend their own money on extra drinks.

Let them know they are appreciated

Make sure that a portion of your holiday party is spent recognizing the efforts your employees have made throughout the year. Appreciating your employees is an important part of the event, and there are a number of ways you can show your gratitude. Some examples include a toast highlighting specific accomplishments made by staff, giving each employee a gift card, and presenting awards to staffers in various categories related to work.

For more holiday planning ideas for your employees, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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5 Ways Managers Can Maximize Their Effectiveness

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

manager effectivenessYour managers have important roles at your organization. They are responsible for reaching their assigned goals, while also managing a team of people that each have their own responsibilities and assignments. Research shows that the relationship between an employee and a manager is an important one. Managers who don’t practice good behaviors can quickly dampen a hardworking employee’s drive. The five tips below will help your managers lead more effectively and build strong relationships with their staffers.

Be Accessible

Good managers make themselves available to their employees. Answering questions and communicating expectations are important in helping your employees do their jobs well.  Employees lose motivation and don’t perform as efficiently when their managers don’t spend time checking in with them or offering them feedback.

Don’t Accept Mediocrity

Don’t be a push over. Managers need to be leaders and have confidence in their decisions and the standard of work that they accept. It is important for managers to communicate to their direct reports the quality of work their business should produce. Tolerating anything but good work is a surefire way to annoy your top performers and discourage your poor performers from improving their work ethics.

Show Appreciation

Employees perform better when they know their contributions are appreciated and impact the organization. Offering your employees positive feedback, praise and recognition is important in helping them feel connected to their work and their organization. Employees are more likely to be loyal to managers who notice and value the work that they do.

Use Delegation

Delegation serves two purposes for a manager. The first one is to help improve department efficiency, and the second is to help employees feel empowered. Delegating important tasks shows your employees that you trust them and that you think they are ready to take on more responsibility. Allowing them to grow their skills will help keep them engaged.

Offer Your Support

Employees are more confident in performing their job duties when they know they have the support of their manager. Showing your employees that you believe in their abilities to reach their goals will encourage them to perform better and take more pride in completing their assignments.

For more tips to help your managers improve their impact on your organization, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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8 Fall-Inspired Ways to Show Your Employees Appreciation

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Making an effort to show your employees that you value their work will help you keep them engaged. Staffers who understand that their contributions are helping their company reach overall goals are more likely to perform better and stay loyal than employees who are unaware.

Now that the cooler weather is here to stay, companies have several opportunities to show their employees gratitude in a fun way.

fall funTry out some of the fall-inspired ideas below:

  • Hold an office tailgate. With college and NFL football back, the fall months are perfect for this outdoor activity. Make it fun by providing typical tailgating food, like hot dogs and BBQ, and planning a few games, like corn hole and ladder golf.
  • Organize a staff trip to a local pumpkin patch or apple orchard to collect fall supplies.
  • Plan a group hike at a park near your facility. This is a great way to also incorporate fitness. Make sure participation is optional.
  • Create a spooky atmosphere at your workplace for Halloween. Add cobwebs to meeting rooms, put pumpkins on tables, and have candy corn available for your staff and visitors.
  • Coordinate a fun family activity, such as a hay ride or corn maze, at a local park or farm.
  • Invite your employees to participate in after-work soccer or football games for a more rigorous group activity.
  • Treat your staff to a breakfast full of fall flavors. Items can include apple cider, pumpkin flavored coffee, pumpkin bread, apple muffins and turkey biscuits.
  • Host a Thanksgiving themed lunch at your office. Supply the turkey, but encourage staffers to sign up to bring a favorite holiday dish.

Enjoy the fall season with your staff! For additional ideas to show your staff members that you value their contributions, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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