Recognizing an employee for the incredible work that they are doing is so important. Giving a shout out to your coworker, employee, boss, or team member is a great way to showcase them and thank them for all of their work. A small gesture can raise office morale and just make people feel awesome. Change your entire office dynamic & culture by creating a shout out board!
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What is a Shout Out?
Giving your team members public recognition is a shout out. Being able to specifically name a coworker and tell others why you are grateful for them is an excellent way to show recognition. Showing appreciation for an employee means so much more when you can let everyone on the team know why you are giving them a shout out. Maybe they have:
- Helped on a project
- Received positive feedback from a client or customer
- Gone out of their way to be kind
- Thought outside the box
- Exceeded expectations
- A birthday or an anniversary
- A new baby, wedding, or important life event
Saying thank you will definitely be appreciated, but letting others recognize their team members is a great practice to have in the workplace.
Benefits of Sharing Gratitude in the Workplace
It feels good to be thanked. When you are recognized for the hard work you are doing, it will boost your morale and encourage you to keep up that hard work. Feeling gratitude will increase your motivation; that will drive you to want to put your best effort into your work. When you create an environment full of gratitude, it will reflect how your team operates.
When we think of recognition, we often assume it is coming from a manager or someone higher up in the workplace. However, peer-to-peer recognition is just as important, if not more. Showing gratitude for your peers can help strengthen connections within your team, allowing you to work better with one another. Practicing gratitude among peers and from management will help decrease turnover as well.
What is a Shout Out Board
A fantastic way to show gratitude and workplace appreciation is by making a board where each employee can go to give their coworker a shout out. Check out these ideas for a board:
Types of Boards
A Kudoboard is the best option for giving your employees a place to shout out each other. A Kudoboard is a centralized place on the internet where each team member can go and post a message of gratitude for everyone to see. You add images, video clips, or gifs to your message as well.
Using Kudoboard to recognize your employees can be done in several different ways. You can pick a different employee each week or month and make a board specifically for them. Or you can make a general board each month for anyone to go on and shout out whomever they would like to. A Kudoboard is a great place to recognize birthdays, anniversaries, or other special events as well.
If you have a team that is working remotely, this is an amazing option to encourage recognition. They can take the time to post a shout out, and better yet, they can read all of the shout outs that have been given to their coworkers.
If your staff works on-site, you should consider putting up a bulletin board where team members can write out a note of recognition and hang it on the board. You can supply index cards and pens next to the board and place it in your break room. This way, any time an employee is on a break, they will see the board and can write out a note of gratitude and read the ones that coworkers have written about others. The great thing about a bulletin board is that it can be an anonymous shout out. If an employee wants to show recognition without being named then they can do this with a bulletin board, which is such a great option.
A staff shout out board is a simple way to show gratitude and raise morale in the workplace. You can change the theme out of the board each month and then give the card about the staff member to them so that they can keep it. It will be a great keepsake and a reminder that they are appreciated for the work that they do.
Create a channel on Slack that is just for shout outs and appreciation. Your staff will have an easy place to go and recognize a team member, tell someone happy birthday, or recognize a work anniversary. Remote employees will love this centralized location to give a shout out.
You can call the channel ‘Employee Shout Outs’ or ‘Staff Recognition.’ Name the channel something obvious so that all employees know what it is for. Add every staff member to the board so that they will see the posts of recognition. This is a simple way to help promote gratitude in the workplace.
Why Make a Shout Out Board?
So why even bother making a shout out board? Because people deserve and want to be thanked for the work that they are doing. Taking the initiative to create a public space to recognize one another also shows that you are a business owner or manager who cares about thanking your employees and promoting peer-to-peer recognition.
Make shout outs a priority in your workplace and do that by providing a place to do it. You will notice a definite shift in company culture, and each fellow employee will know and understand the importance of recognizing each other. Take the first step and set up a shout out board.