Welcome to Worksheet, a newsletter on how people work smarter in these turbulent times.
Each week, this newsletter will share an analysis on the state of the work of S. Mitra Kalita, a media veteran, author and journalist.
In this week’s edition Kalita tackles a more delicate subject than sound: how to thank your collaborators.
With many workplaces unable to throw a holiday party this year, business leaders say the season is a time to rethink what these gestures really meant in the first place.
“Gratitude isn’t about a party, a day off or a one-time bonus,” said Aron Ain, CEO of UltimateKronosGroup, a software company for the workplace. “It can’t be an afterthought or a tick-off activity. It’s about creating acultureof gratitude. “
He said UKG planned to invest $ 35 million next year in enhanced benefit programs to recognize the extraordinary burden currently on caregivers. For example, free tutoring and after-school virtual programs will be offered to children of employees.
This is just one example of what David Novak, former CEO of Yum brands called “targeted recognition”. Kalita goes on to describe 7 specific ways any boss can give employees what they really want this year.