How to (appropriately! yet convincingly) express love and appreciation to your staff every day

January 18, 2018
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Thank you.

I couldn’t do it without you.

I appreciate everything you do for me.

Why do we so often wait for a Hallmark occasion to express our love and appreciation? Who among us doesn’t want to feel the love every day?

In our office, we are constantly coming up with creative ways to let our staff know that we love and appreciate them, and we try to find daily ways to remind them of it. We don’t want to give away all of our tricks, but here are some of the things we do to remind our staff that we love and appreciate them:

  • We buy lunch for our staff. We don’t mean once in a while; in our office, we purchase lunch for our staff almost every day. We make a game out of it by saying that one of our patients is treating. The office manager knows to use our credit card, but she tells the staff that lunch is “on” the favorite – or worst – patient of the day. We let the staff members duke out what’s for lunch, but so far, they haven’t ordered surf and turf. It doesn’t take much for them to feel the love.
  • We create social events with our staff. We rarely have the energy required to socialize after a long day, but spending social time outside of practice hours validates to our staff that we enjoy their company. The activity isn’t important; we can create a bowling competition, meet in a park on a nice day or arrange or join in any extra-curricular activity that our staff enjoys. It doesn’t take much for them to feel the love.
  • We listen to our staff members when they talk about their lives, and then find ways to show we care. Our staff mentioned that their children were starting new homes with no furniture, so we made sure to offer ours to them first when we decided to redecorate. Some of our staff members complain of ache sand pains, so we hired a yoga instructor to practice weekly with those who wish to practice (which is all of them.) It doesn’t take much for them to feel the love.
  • We champion our staff members’ outside interests. When our staff members or their families do something to promote a charity, we encourage them unconditionally and support their cause. When they receive an honor or perform in a club, we are there to applaud them and celebrate with them. When their children sell Girl Scout cookies, we purchase enough for a small army. (In fact, we send some to the armed forces!) As our staff members provide daily support for us, we support them in their extra-curricular endeavors. It doesn’t take much for them to feel the love.

As our world becomes increasingly complicated, we will continue to find new and original ways to express our love and appreciation to our staff. Because it’s very important for them to feel the love. And it doesn’t take much.