Thanks to everyone who attended our live video webisode, How to Be a Day Maker, this morning! If you weren’t able to attend, you can view the recorded version in the Recognition TV section of our website or on our Facebook page.
In the next few weeks, you’ll hear a lot from Baudville about being a Day Maker. That’s because we’re releasing over 250 new products next week, and we believe you can use these products to make someone’s day at work. As a result, you’ll see employee morale, satisfaction and retention improve.
A Day Maker can be anyone in your organization, a manager, executive, supervisor, front line employee or intern. Ultimately, a Day Maker is someone who brings a positive attitude to work, recognizes on a regular basis and has fun in the workplace.
You can identify the current Day Makers in your organization by thinking about who participates in company events. At Baudville, we recently completed a ping pong tournament. It’s easy to see that the employees who participated in the tournament and those who turned out to cheer on their teammates are Day Makers who support our culture.
Identify your Day Makers and encourage them! Give them tools to help spread their positivity throughout the organization. I recommend our Cheers Kit or Recognition Binder because they have fun notes (the scratch off cards are my favorite!) and support personal recognition.
Start acting like a Day Maker in your own organization by committing random acts of kindness. Bring in a cup of coffee for a co-worker who’s been working extra hard or refill the copy paper without being asked. You can do something as simple as putting a candy jar on your desk and encouraging people when they stop by for a treat!
Brenda encouraged her Customer Service team during a busy time with a snack basket!
There are lots of day making recognition techniques you can use at work. The best part about recognition is that it encourages others to be Day Makers, too! Here are some ideas you can use:
- Give someone a compliment on their work or a recent performance
- Write a personal note to remind an employee how much you value her work. It can be quick and easy like our Peel and Stick Recognition Note Sets.
- Give positive feedback that reinforces an employee’s strengths
- Encourage others to recognize with a peer-to-peer recognition program like Shout Outs
- Make it personal by using personalized note cards or giveaways, like our new tokens
Make the Workplace Fun
A Day Maker can get serious results at work without being serious 24/7. Bringing fun to work makes the work environment more positive and inviting to your employees. It can be as simple as posting our free Print and Posts around the office or sending an ePraise . Our marketing department likes to share Dilbert cartoons each morning to set the tone for the day.
We’ve had a lot of success bringing fun to work by planning team events. Our Employee Appreciation Day Winter Olympic Games was a huge hit with employees because they had a chance to work together and socialize in a different setting. You can see all the highlights from the event on our Facebook page.
In the sales suite, we helped to keep attitudes positive during a busy time by providing stress kits to every employee with small toys and coupons for casual days, free pop and snacks. The employees participated in naming our traveling trophy and Play-Doh sculpture contests.
It’s simple to be a Day Maker, and the small things you do mean a lot to employees. From giving small gifts to writing handwritten notes to committing random acts of kindness, you can encourage employees, improve performances and keep everyone happy!
BoJack the traveling trophy and Play-Doh sculptures.
Cori is Baudville's in-house Recognitionista (she's officially a Certified Recognition Professional, too) and a member of the Millennial generation. Get her employee recognition tips and special discounts by liking Baudville on Facebook.