This morning another workplace enlightenment from Open Loops: How Do You Say “Thank You”?
Other organizations, specifically the non-profits, face the same question as I do: How can I keep good employees when the state regulates the salary, I have no authority to provide bonuses, and I cannot even use my budget, due to state law and local policy, to provide monetary incentives for doing a good job? I canâ€™t even set out a tray of bagels and doughnuts and a pot of coffee unless I have a meeting agenda, participant roster, and pretend its a meeting, so I wind up paying for this out of my own pocket.
Just read the whole post, there is a nice list of possible “thank you”s that will make feel people better about their work.
We have one more thing here: on completion of successfull projects some of the project managers throw a little (work-)party with a bit to drink and eat … but not all do it. Some create little souvenirs for the people who were in the project (T-Shirt with Logo or a mug with some quote or logo on it) and more often than not there is no budget for that either (and this is a big company and not a non-profit organization) …. but only half of them do it and I am rarely part in such projects. I know from my colleague though that she really enjoys these parties and souvenirs and that they are very important to her, because it shows her, how her work is valued by others.