Ah, Valentine's Day... some people love it, some people despise it, and some people just plain forget about it. Chances are you'll spend a good portion of the day among coworkers, managers and customers. Try keeping these five inspiring thoughts in your head and close to your heart, not just on Valentine's Day but every day.
#1: Try treating your work relationships like personal relationships (almost).
If you and your partner are on the same page in terms of appreciation, respect and communication, then you probably enjoy spending time together. The same theory applies in the workplace. No matter the role you hold at your organization, it's vital to appreciate and respect your colleagues in every way that you would in a relationship. Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to reach out to a friend, colleague or significant other to show how much you adore them. If you have an employee recognition program, try sending along an e-card with a special message to show how much you care. Thank-yous and smiles are alike; you can never have enough of either.
#2: If you make a mistake, own up to it.
Trust in a relationship is the hardest thing to earn and the easiest thing to break. If you find yourself in a sticky situation, just be honest. In order for there to be true trust in any relationship, there cannot be underlying secrets. Transparency should be something you strive for as part of your corporate culture. Everyday we help clients integrate their core values within culture-boosting employee recognition programs! Sustaining and promoting a positive work environment is a recipe to grow your organization.
#3: Before jumping to conclusions, evaluate your actions and thoughts first.
The most challenging and significant relationship is the one you have with yourself. To be a good manager or coworker you must be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses before you can be of assistance to others. Do you get offended easily or hold grudges? Try considering the root cause of the issue and communicate those thoughts with the parties involved before pointing any fingers. Separate your thoughts from the facts to reduce negativity. Let your bright personality shine!
#4: Just as you make time for your friends, make time for your coworkers.
Your social life is likely pivotal to your happiness, just as your work environment is key to your company’s success. If you treat your coworkers and employees similar to friends, by listening and taking a genuine interest, you're more likely to have harmonious, give-and-take relationships. Show how much you care and you might be surprised what you receive in return.
#5: Make recognition part of your daily routine.
Clients often ask, "how can I easily recognize my employees for reaching goals?" -- and the answer is simple: use technology to your advantage! With our customizable, easy-to-use recognition platform, managers can effortlessly recognize employees on a continual basis with points that can be spent on brand name awards or gift cards. A healthy workplace gives thanks and praise where and when deserved (this means year-round!). Ask us how you can automate and personalize the recognition experience for your employees!
You don't have to throw hearts around like confetti on Valentine's Day, but a smile can brighten anyone's day! Awards Network is here to help you with any and all employee recognition efforts.