Feel the love

So it’s Week Two in February – our Feel the Love month! My last post told you how small things to show BIG appreciation to your team members. Did you take up my challenge on those things? If not, there’s no time like the present. Last week I suggested a few small things you could do like a team lunch, an extra-long break, a work from home Friday, a Starbucks gift card. All of these things are small gestures you make towards others have a big impact on them. So whether you did or didn’t do those things, here are some tips for Week 2 of our Feel the Love month!

I’ve written before about the power of communication. [tweetthis]Show the love to employees and see higher levels of #employeenegagement![/tweetthis]You’re the boss. You think of the strategy for the team. You think about it all the time – in the car; when you’re getting ready for work in the morning; when you’re running on the treadmill; when you’re ignoring your spouse or significant other when they’re upset with you …. (It’s okay; I won’t tell anyone!) But do you say the strategy out loud to anyone on your team? You may think about your team’s strategy over and over again but you may not be telling anyone else. So my challenge to you this week is to SAY SOMETHING about your strategy to your team members. This can be a team meeting or one:one meetings. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Keep it simple.

  • 30 minutes
  • Simple agenda like: Hey, I was thinking about doing *this* in the next month. What do you think?
  • Ask the team members to be involved with the success of your strategy. For instance: I was thinking about doing *this* in the next quarter and I was wondering if you’d like to be a part of it. What are your thoughts?

So what if you’re not the boss. What if you’re a team member? And what if your boss doesn’t really do any of these things? Have no fear! You can take action on these things just like I suggested above.

  • Your manager doesn’t do much for you? Let me ask you this – When is the last time you said thank you to your manager for his/her hard work? Sometimes a little thank you goes a long way!
  • Do you work with a team member who is always there for you? Say thank you – verbally, via email, handwritten card (yes, they exist and can be used!), or in a gesture like a quick coffee break or lunch!
  • Do you want to be part of the success of the team? Tell your manager how and why you can make an impact!
  • Do you want to take action and develop a stronger career path? Tell your manager about your goals!

You don’t have to do all of these things. Pick one. Pick two if you’re feeling adventurous. Take ONE action this week and watch the impact. Write in the comments the successes or challenges you have as a result of these actions. Everyone who reads these posts would love to read what’s happening with you, if you want to share!