I always wonder why HR sucks so much at recognizing an employee’s years of service.
But much of that is garbage.
People still work in boring, normal jobs for more than nine months. Very few people wear Google Glass and use iPhones and tablets in their ordinary lives. And even though it seems boring and basic, I think it is important to take a moment and thank the people who make your company profitable for their hard work.
I like the yearly anniversary party. It’s like a birthday. You should recognize service dates. It’s so easy to do, but HR struggles to do it.
Moreover, it’s not just the job of your local HR business partner to thank an employee for her hard work. Everyone should do it. If you celebrate service anniversary moments, someone will celebrate yours. And maybe you’ll remember why you like your colleagues, and work won’t suck as much.
According to my pals at Globoforce, this is a real employee. The video captures her first exposure to colleagues who are saying “thanks” for her years of service.
You can use a product to recognize service anniversaries, or you can use your mouths. I don’t care. But one thing is clear: people are happier when their work is recognized and appreciated.
Give your HR department a win. This type of program is easy for you to implement.
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