6 Creative Ways to Thank Your Funeral Home Employees for Labor DayAugust 30th, 2012
Labor Day weekend is approaching.
And for most people, that means barbeques, parades, and the good ole’ outdoors.
But this Labor Day, I challenge you to thank every one of your employees for their efforts.
After all, this holiday is supposed to be “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country,” according to the United States Department of Labor.
Here are 6 sure-fire ways to show your funeral home employees they count:
1. Put a spotlight on their efforts
Every month, focus on one of your employees and their achievements. Have everyone at your funeral home write one thing they like or admire about that person, and put all of those positive things into a frame with that employee’s picture in the middle. It not only makes that person’s day, but gives them a constant reminder of their contribution to your team – even on bad days.
2. Take them out to the ball game
Even if sports aren’t for everyone, I don’t know many people who don’t enjoy a good baseball or football game! Let’s say your funeral home meets a long term goal, and everyone has a done a great job getting your business there. To thank everyone for their hard work, get them together and take a bus to a sporting event. This will not only create a good culture for your funeral home, it will make your employees feel appreciated.
3. Let them eat cake (or other foods)
Sometimes, when your employees feel stressed for a long period of time, tension starts to build around your funeral home. Cut that tension by hosting a barbeque or picnic in the summer, or a winter feast during the cold months. You can host it at a restaurant, or even your house. This casual out-of-work event will freshen up your employees and encourage a positive work environment.
4. Give em’ a break
Do you like surprises? Chances are, you probably do (especially good ones). If one of your funeral home employees requests a day off, and he or she is doing a really great job, make it a “Freebie” for them. Simply tell them that you’re awarding them a free day off for all of their hard work. Trust me, they’ll appreciate it.
5. Show them you value their opinions
Host a monthly or quarterly meeting that gives your employees the opportunity to talk about what’s working and what’s not at your funeral home. You’ll gain some valuable information from their opinions, and make them feel like their ideas are valuable to you. This will create an open, transparent culture for you and your team.
6. Just say thank you
In a world with Facebook, Twitter, email and texts… just a good, old-fashioned thank you is the most genuine way to show your appreciation. Think of the last time someone actually took you aside and thanked you for something. Gave you those warm, fuzzy feelings inside, right? Try it… you’ll never believe the power of those 2 little words!
By thanking your employees this Labor Day, you’ll show them how much their valued by you. And, you’ll motivate them to work harder, creating a positive morale around your funeral home.
How do you express your appreciation to your funeral home employees? Share your thoughts below!