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How to Show Appreciation Without Spending a Chunk of Change

Businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies all are dealing with limited financial resources, yet managers and supervisors know they need to show appreciation to their team members. Many leaders are confused about what to do, with increasing reports of team members not feeling valued or engaged, when financial rewards aren't available (or appropriate in many organizations.) Learn how to communicate authentic appreciation to your team members (not the fake employee recognition type) without spending a lot of money to do so.

Why Most Employee Recognition Programs Don’t Work(and what to do about it)

The “word on the street” among consultants, trainers and HR managers is that employee recognition programs aren't working. Recent research bears this out: employee engagement is actually at its lowest level since it has been formally measured. Yet many companies and organizations are trying to emulate the programs larger corporations have used, and found lacking. The foundational issues that need to be in place for employees to feel truly valued and appreciated will be addressed. Practical steps and resources are provided that allow organizations and leaders to effectively communicate authentic appreciation, and in ways that don’t cost a lot of money.

Empowering Your Employees: Filling Your Team's Tanks With the Right Thanks

Individuals differ in how they are encouraged, feel valued and are motivated. Attempts to use the same types of messages to all team members leads to missing the mark for many, wasting time and energy for leaders, and eventually creating negative reactions. Learning how to give the right “thanks” for each team members’ personal “tank” is critical for them to function at their optimum levels over time.

The True Value of Diamonds (or The Real Value of Employees Isn’t Their Performance!)

Most people believe that diamonds are valued primarily for their beauty and worth as used in jewelry. In actuality, the true value of diamonds comes from their inherent foundational characteristics that allow them to accomplish tasks that other materials cannot. This image is used to describe the true value of team members — which is not how they look or present themselves. Rather, their unique inherent characteristics are what bring value to organizations. Leaders are challenged to understand the true value of their team members, which even goes beyond their performance on the job.

The Heartbeat of a Healthy Organization: Communicating Authentic Appreciation

Just like overweight individuals’ hearts are stressed, many organizations today are weighed down by sarcasm, cynicism, lack of trust and a negative work environment. Employees are stressed and don’t feel valued. With funds being tight, supervisors are frustrated, not knowing what to do to support and encourage their staff.

Understand where negativity comes from and learn the core conditions for creating a healthy organization, where individuals feel truly appreciated (not the fake “going through the motions” type.)

Why Being Recognized by Your Supervisor Isn't Really What You Want

Employee recognition is a hot topic today, and 90% of organizations use some form with employees. In spite of this, job satisfaction among employees is declining, while cynicism, sarcasm and negative work environments are increasing. With funds being tight, supervisors are frustrated, not knowing what to do to support and encourage their staff.

Learn how to avoid “going through the motions” recognition and what is necessary to communicate authentic appreciation. Understand how individuals are encouraged in different ways and hear why the key person to receive recognition from is not your supervisor!

How to Survive (and Change) a Negative, Cynical Workplace

Negativity, complaining, cynicism and a lack of trust are common characteristics of many workplaces today. Why? Are employees more negative? Do managers really not care about employees? Understand where the negativity comes from and what can be done to make a more positive work environment.

Discover what the core conditions are for staff members to feel truly appreciated and to create a more positive workplace. NOTE: This is not a smile, say ‘thank you’, group hug, sing Kumbaya, “fake it” approach. Learn how to avoid “going through the motions” and what is necessary to communicate authentic appreciation. Understand how individuals are encouraged in different ways and hear how you can make a difference regardless of your position in the organization.

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