The Gift of Recognition

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This is the giving season, and identifying the appropriate gift for coworkers and employees is challenging.   Giving a gift to someone you are close to, but is not family, not a close friend, but still, and important part of your week, every week, can be awkward.   Is gifting necessary?  Would most coworkers enjoy receiving something or is an act of kindness enough.

This year, think about giving the gift of recognition.  Everyone likes to be recognized for their contributions on and off the work playing field; what varies and needs personalization is the form of recognition.  Different forms of recognition motivate coworkers, and that customization will show you care, and make your holiday gift come straight out from your heart.

Some coworkers would appreciate a verbal acknowledgement: “Hey, that presentation was great”.  Or if someone helped you out this year and helped to unburden the project load, it never hurts to repeat your thanks for a good deed that happened during the year, thanking them again for their contribution.  Coming back to something that happened a few months ago shows that it is truly appreciated.

Others may best be motivated by something tangible, so go ahead and get that Starbucks gift card.  Who wouldn’t appreciate a cup of coffee or nonfat tea latte with extra whip?!

And often the simplest kind gesture is the one that is the most sincere.  Offer to do the driving one day, offer to cover the desk so that a coworker can get out and do some last minute shopping, or go out of your way to meet at their location, perhaps stopp for a muffin along the way and bring it to the meeting.   Be kind and spread joy.

And if you really, really can’t think of a good gift, I suggest my book, First Job: A Personal Career Guide for Graduates.  See link below!

Happy Holidays!

About Joyce Jarek: Joyce Jarek Mihalik is a business leader in the real estate industry, creator of HlpSum1®Inc., and author of First Job: A Personal Career Guide for Graduates.  She enjoys mentoring her own team, and coaching new graduates who are entering the workforce and starting their first real job after college. To purchase First Job, visit www.hlpsum1.com/first-job.html About Joyce Jarek: Joyce Jarek Mihalik is a business leader in the real estate industry, creator of HlpSum1® Inc., and author of First Job: A Personal Career Guide for Graduates.  She enjoys mentoring her own team, and coaching new graduates who are entering the workforce and starting their first real job after college. To purchase First Job, visit www.hlpsum1.com/first-job.html