Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How a yellow sticky note can boost morale

Over at the Proper Pants blog, I came across a great idea for employee recognition that requires a familiar item in most office environments – the Post-it Note.

The process is very simple. Grab a pen, pull off a sticky note for each employee and stick them to your desk. Start every note with the words: “I appreciate you because ...” Follow that opening line with something you genuinely appreciate about each employee.

After you’re done writing, stick the Post-it Notes on each employee’s desk and watch what happens.

“I thought this was a fun thing to do at the office and I hoped it would make them smile for a while. This evening I was walking around at the office and noticed that several notes where hanging at their partition wall. And I started to realize that this really meant a lot for some of them,” said Frode Heimen, author of Proper Pants, after he tried the recognition idea in his office.

In return for his kind display of employee recognition, Frode received a Post-it Note signed by an entire shift of employees saying that he was a great boss, a couple of thank-you emails, improved morale and an overall smiling department.

Employee recognition doesn’t have to be expensive or loud. Sometimes it’s the simplest gesture, like a heartfelt message on a sticky note, that can have the biggest impact on employees.

Have you ever tried anything like the Post-it Note recognition idea in your office? Do you know of any other simple and effective recognition ideas that our readers could try out?

No comments:

Brought to you by www.gneil.com