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About This Episode

Andy Stanley says, “Unexpressed gratitude feels like ingratitude to the ones for whom you are grateful.” I don’t think most of us are ungrateful for our teams. However, it’s common for leaders to struggle with remembering to show appreciation for their team when they see them every day.

 

In this episode, we’re going to help you better communicate your appreciation for your team even if you’re working remotely. What gets rewarded gets repeated in any organization, and remote teams are no different. Now more than ever, team members need to know their hard work is seen and valued.

 

Your One Next Step

Download this week’s activation guide, 25 Simple Ways to Recognize Remote Employees – a tip sheet that we’ve curated to give you creative ways to show employee appreciation remotely. This list will help you get a jumpstart on your journey to building a culture that highlights the wins and heroes in your organization.

 

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In each episode, we highlight one next step for you and provide an activation or delegation guide to help you immediately take action, start applying what you learn, and get your team to help you.

1. Understand the languages of appreciation.

Showing gratitude might not look the same from one team member to the next. One might appreciate a gift. Another might enjoy a free lunch. And for some, a simple “thank you” note will be enough. Also, don’t assume the way you see gratitude is the same way your team will. Take the time to interact and get to know each team member so you’ll be better prepared to show them gratitude when the time comes.

2. What gets scheduled gets done.  

In other words, be intentional about your gratitude. As busy as we are as leaders, it’s easy to go through a day, a week and even a month without stopping and reflecting on how your team is performing and who is really getting things done. Use calendar reminders to set aside specific times regularly to show appreciation. Don’t let your day-to-day busyness cause you to forget some of the daily awesomeness your team is doing.

3. Even as a remote team, you can use events and in-person gatherings to show gratitude.

If you’re fully remote, you can still get together on occasion to celebrate what the company, and each other, is doing. Depending on your budget, get together quarterly, or at least annually, and throw a party! This isn’t about work. It’s about appreciation. Invite a guest speaker, give out gifts, provide amazing food, and just celebrate your team. Go over the top as much as your budget will allow. Christmas parties are a great opportunity to do this, but also try to get together during the year “just because.”

What is the most significant way someone at work has shown gratitude to you? What about that was so special?
Think of five specific team members. What do you believe is each one’s language of appreciation? What is a specific way you could show gratitude to them?
Lisa and Tricia mentioned creating a gratitude guide to help you identify your team’s different languages of appreciation. What could this look like for you?
Think through a way you could use in-person gatherings or events to help show your team gratitude. If you’re fully remote, how would that work and what would it look like for your company?

You work harder when you feel recognized and appreciated for the hard work you're putting in.

Lisa Zeeveld

Learn the ways your team likes to receive gratitude, because gratitude isn't one size fits all.

Lisa Zeevled

When gratitude starts with the leader, it's woven into the culture of the team and it shows up in beautiful ways.

Tricia Sciortino

Investing in your employee's satisfaction is critical to producing better results and better profits.

Tricia Sciortino

(4:19) How to recognize opportunities to show gratitude, even when you aren’t working next to someone every day.

(5:48) How allowing peers to praise each other is a great way to show gratitude.

(7:50) Understanding the languages of appreciation to different team members.

(9:38) Engaged and appreciated employees perform better.

(13:09) The “hows” of showing appreciation to a remote team

(14:50) BELAY’s “Frugal Wow” program – where leaders have a small, discretionary budget each month to do something for team members.

(17:20) Team members who understand the vision and they “why” will love company “swag.”

(18:02) How to use in-person gatherings and events to express gratitude when you’re a remote company.

(22:10) Find a tool that helps show you what type of gratitude your team is looking for.

(23:35) “What gets scheduled gets done.” – Being intentional about gratitude.

(25:53) This week’s One Next Step a tip sheet called 25 Simple Ways to Recognize Remote Employees. This list will give you creative ways to show employee appreciation remotely and jumpstart your journey to building a culture that highlights the wins and heroes in your organization.

Download this week’s activation guide, 25 Simple Ways to Recognize Remote Employees – a tip sheet that we’ve curated to give you creative ways to show employee appreciation remotely. This list will help you get a jumpstart on your journey to building a culture that highlights the wins and heroes in your organization.

 

Download Now

 

In each episode, we highlight one next step for you and provide an activation or delegation guide to help you immediately take action, start applying what you learn, and get your team to help you.

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We hope you’ll join us for next week’s episode with William Vanderbloemen, CEO and Founder of the Vanderbloemen Search Group. Finding the right people is one of the most common challenges business leaders have. William will be talking with Tricia and Lisa about how top organizations promote their positions in a way that attracts top talent.