How To Appreciate Your Team Members

Is the great resignation (and/or quiet exit) still in the works? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over four million workers quit each month, creating an average employee turnover rate of ~47%, so the answer is yes. Some people are burned out or looking for security or more money, but most want to be valued and appreciated.

“People don’t quit jobs; Will they leave the bad bosses? You don’t want to be a “bad” boss who doesn’t care about your team. Instead, care authentically and genuinely about each of your team members.

Ways to Appreciate Your Team Members

Graphic by Debra Shannon

You empowered the team to change the world and now they are working together and meeting the company’s plans and goals. Alfred North Whitehead said, “Those who succeed do not do so without acknowledging the help of others. Those who are intelligent and self-confident will gratefully accept this help.

There are many ways to show your gratitude and appreciation and make the team feel valued and special. Note: It’s important to remember that everyone is different so adapt and customize to personal preferences. For example, some don’t like public recognition so do something more private.

Below are some scenarios to consider:

  • When a new employee starts, do you provide a “welcome box,” branded gear, a branded backpack, and/or other swag on their first day? Scheduled a lunch with the team?
    • Advertise new hires on social media (such as LinkedIn) or in the newspaper.
  • Do you routinely go around, compliment each team member, and see how they’re doing and feeling? See what they want.
  • Does the company announce major milestones such as promotions, work anniversaries, monthly birthdays, etc. on the intranet or company newsletter?
    • A work anniversary letter signed by the CEO/President.
    • Employee Appreciation Day is celebrated on the first Friday of March.
  • Do you provide positive feedback or other verbal recognition (often)?
  • When you make a mistake, do you apologize?
  • Can any employee submit an “out” for another employee on the intranet?
  • What do you typically do when the team successfully executes/completes a project or hits a major sales goal? Reward with a bonus or extra paid time off?
  • Do you celebrate personal development goals? Holidays? TGIF? Or for no particular reason?
    • If so, with food, certificates, cards, balloons, flowers, swag or other items?
    • Off-site events (eg, escape room, topgolf, karaoke, volunteering).
    • Exchange gifts like a white elephant or secret Santa.
    • If you’re not sure, ask the team.
    • I love to bake cookies and other treats. For me, at home = hearty.

Sincerity is the key

Thanks for the cookies


The main thing is to be honest. Saying thank you is one of the easiest forms of appreciation. How often do you thank each team member? Is it everyday? Or when was the last time you wrote a thank you note by hand? Yes, handwriting because to me handwriting = personal.

Remember how special you felt when your boss gave you a handwritten thank you note, like a true Hallmark moment? Simple and honest gestures like these can go a long way.

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