A few weeks ago I attended a funeral for an elderly member of our church.
He’d been active for years at church, and I had seen him as a mentor and then as a friend. His kids are about the same age as my wife and I, so we had many connections over the years.
One of the things that struck me at the funeral was a display table featuring an award, nice picture, and card from Wal-Mart. He had worked there for twenty years at the end of his career. The card was signed by many of the people he had worked with.
It struck me. It meant that much to him and his family that it was at his funeral. There were several other items there too. He had lived a long life and had achieved many other successes.
It started me thinking. How do I acknowledge people who have contributed to my success?
Do I thank them in a way that can be displayed at their funeral?
It can be your staff, your family, or your clients.
How do you recognize these people and the support they give you while helping you succeed?
Do you create a formal recognition program, or do you “wing it” as you think of thanking someone?
How do I go about designing a program to acknowledge people?
How do I implement it?
The answers to these questions can be elusive, and some wonder why anyone would spend time finding an answer.
It’s worth some effort to find an answer that works for you.
And there is more than one answer to these questions.
If a company like Wal-Mart, with over two million employees, can take time to recognize their employees’ efforts (and Wal-Mart’s not known for paying high wages), why can’t any other business do it?
If they see it as a part of doing business and it’s helped them be successful, then why not look into some version of it for your business?
As I struggle with what type of system I should implement for my business, I want to thank you, my readers and clients, for supporting me and my company as we strive to help you grow your business into what you want it to be.
Have a great day!