Paying Attention: Acknowledge a Colleague’s Milestone

Let’s admit it. Since first grade, we’ve all liked having the teacher’s attention—the good kind. It’s a great feeling when someone acknowledges your “right answer!” or good work. The pursuit of that feeling doesn’t go away in the workplace; in fact it might be more important. The current business environment makes it tough to keep up with what’s happening in each other’s work world. Employees often get lost in the shuffle of change, re-orgs, etc.

But one thing in the workplace should be a constant—recognizing a colleague’s accomplishments. Important milestones like the anniversary of a hire date deserve extra attention. Marking this occasion with a business anniversary card can make a big difference in someone’s day.

While a celebratory lunch out with staff is a nice and welcome gesture, why not add a more personal touch with an individualized anniversary card message. It says you notice and value your employee’s commitment to the organization. You’ve also taken the time to tailor the card to the recipient.

It doesn’t just have to come from the boss—colleagues may want to share professional anniversary cards. We don’t always take the time to tell a co-worker we’re glad they’re part of our team. Instead of a hire date, you could acknowledge completion of a long project. How about adding a personalized message on a less formal card? Something like, “Happy Anniversary! So how many years have you actually been working on that project?!” playfully shows them you’ve been paying attention.

So, think back to the first grade teacher and how good it felt when she complimented your work. In this time of retaining good employees and colleagues, a special nod can remind staff that their continued loyalty counts.