While personal appreciation should be shown all year round, the holidays are a time to think about it in particular. Many use this time of year as the ideal motivator to let people know they are grateful for their contributions. You could buy gifts or give cash, but, a lot of times, there are more effective ways to show gratitude.
The best way to show people you are thankful is to offer a service that makes their life easier. Here are some suggestions of services you can easily provide.
1. Clean their desk.
A clean desk feels like a new beginning. But it takes time and effort to sort and straighten in an organized manner. If you have sorting skills, you can make your colleagues very happy by systematically organizing their clutter. If they helped you feel more productive, this is a great chance to return the favor.
2. Cover a shift.
Time is a valuable commodity. Arranging for more time will let people know you valued their efforts. If you can’t do the job or find the time yourself, trade with another colleague or hire a temp.
3. Do some prospecting.
I don’t know too many fans of cold calling. Commit some time to find a serious lead or two for your colleagues. Not only will you save them from some drudgery and rejection, you will put some money in their pocket if the deal closes.
4. Provide some research.
Many people find research boring and tedious. Put in some time yourself or hire a grad student or intern to dig in on the subject. Either way, your colleagues will appreciate the time savings.
5. Be a sounding board.
Often people don’t feel heard. They can have serious issues but suffer in silence. They might have ideas they have been contemplating but have been afraid to share. Give these people a release. Tell them they can have time with you to share anything that is on their mind. Then you can give them objective feedback and resolve the issues or move the ideas forward.
6. Give coaching time.
Most people want to grow and advance in their roles. But when things are busy, it can be difficult to get the guidance necessary to move forward. Offer your time and perspective to help people learn about themselves. A few sessions with specific suggestions and follow up feedback can help them move forward with confidence.
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