How the Sound of Music Inspired the Way We Recognize Our Employees
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Those words get stuck in my head every time a new person gets hired on to our organization. It may seem random but let me explain. Around Persimmon, we utilize two very simple, yet very strategic documents during onboarding. To help us get to know our new team members and to help us ways we can elicit better work and personalize how we appreciate our team. Put simply, they enable us to get employee recognition right.
Regardless of budget, this provides our organization with
meaningful ways to reward performance.
The first document I have lovingly titled “My Favorite Things” (hence the song lyrics). This is exactly what it sounds like – a place where a new employee can fill in the blanks with their personal favorite things. Everything from favorite color to favorite snack or beverage is listed and added to the master list of the entire team’s favorites. We are then able to utilize this information when someone has gone above and beyond, during special shout outs, or maybe “just because”. As small as it seems, these little gestures can make a big impact on employee engagement and appreciation. It’s not just leadership or managers that take part – we empower everyone on our team to reference the list of favorites at any time. You never know when your favorite candy or a gift card to your favorite store may show up on your desk. Regardless of budget, this provides our organization with meaningful ways to reward performance. It’s literally the thought that counts, and it counts big.
So many organizations struggle with figuring their employees out
when the solution is simple: ask them.
The second document we utilize is a place for new hires to write down what motivates them, how they like to be recognized, and how they prefer to be rewarded. So many organizations struggle with figuring their employees out when the solution is simple: ask them. Without knowing your team’s preference on these things, how do you really know you are hitting their personal sweet spot? Are they motivated by something intrinsic or something extrinsic? Do they prefer to be recognized in front of the team, or is a quiet pat on the back enough? Are spot bonuses more rewarding, or is more flexibility or PTO the driver? When an organization takes the guesswork out of knowing what makes its employees “run”, they can instead focus on cultivating an efficient, highly motivated team.
Appreciated Employees = Engaged Employees = Quality Work
Putting your employees first and celebrating them ultimately leads to a better workplace and a better culture. Are you ready to appreciate your team the way they would like to be appreciated? Get started by downloading “My Favorite Things” and “Motivate, Recognize, Reward” below.