Gallup is very clear in its research how powerful praise and recognition can be in the workplace. With the gamut of to do’s on an educators plate, it can be easy for that to slip right off the prioritized list of things to get done.
I read in a recent Gallup’s study that individuals who receive regular recognition and praise:
- increase their productivity
- are more engaged with their colleagues
- less likely to LEAVE their current role
- have higher rated feedback from their clientele/customers
How does that translate to education? You’ve heard that someone who feels appreciated will always do more than expected. I’ve mentioned before that I keep track of when/how I share praise on my team. (just a checklist, where I add checks by a name each time I write a note….) In the same manner that I keep track of who I send Christmas cards to, I keep a list of who I’ve celebrated or recognized. I actually got a comment this year that suggested my praise was disingenuine, because of the fact that I track it. If what Gallup is telling me is correct, the majority of us don’t give or receive anywhere near the amount of praise that we should. As a result, we’re much less productive, and in many cases, completely disengaged in our jobs. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number one reason people leave their jobs is because they “do not feel appreciated.”
That to me makes it important enough to keep track of because I don’t want any of my people going anywhere!!
I created these happy notes several years ago in an attempt to make sharing a “happy note” with my team easier. These small interactions can make a big difference in the day to day stressors of your team…whether they be big or small. Hopefully, these templates will make it easier to make it happen for you!
Also, I’ve freshened them up, so you have all new sets to use as well!
Happy note shareN &