HOW DO WE BUILD APPRECIATION BETWEEN TEAM MEMBERS?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

We hope you’re particularly thankful for your amazing team this year! But are there times when the practice could use a little jolt of camaraderie? Maybe a little show of  mutual gratitude? Here’s how to do it for less than a dollar (or free, if you have an old jar lying around)!

NEW TAKE ON THE OLD “SUGGESTION BOX”

Like a suggestion box,  a “gratitude jar” is a place for your team to leave feedback. But this time, it’s all positive. You’ll want to put a jar in the break room or an employee area in your practice(s). Call it whatever you want (we have an “awesomeness jar” in one practice, a “core values award” in another).

JUST PUT IT IN THE JAR…

Encourage your team members to drop a note in the jar every time they see a teammate go above and beyond. Maybe an assistant stayed late to clean up the lab?  Did you notice the hygienist comforting a nervous patient? Time for a shoutout! Scribble it on a post-it, and drop it in the jar.

OPEN THE JAR, SPREAD THE LOVE

Bring the jar to your team meeting, or your huddle once a week. Start your meeting by reading through  the notes. Want to sweeten the pot? Award a gift card for the first  good deed pulled from the jar.

FEEL THE RESULTS…

While the gratitude jar certainly isn’t the most important component of a thriving practice, a healthy, appreciative culture is critical to it. When team members realize others are watching and noting their small gestures and contributions, they feel good….Good about themselves, and good about each other. That is the ticket to a team that grows together, and grows the practice.

Hope you’ll give this a try in your office!

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