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October 30, 2015 The Icing on the Cupcake

Icing on the Cupcake

Christie was ever-so-busy tying up loose ends before leaving on her much-deserved vacation. She (amazingly!) got to everything that needed to be taken care of before she ran off to have all kinds of fun. She even found the time to write some blogs before she was outta here. But we needed one more before she was going to be back to put one together. So this one’s from me.

I love to work. I really do. When people talk about retiring I get the heebie-jeebies because the thought of hanging it up to sit on the porch and watch the world go by strikes fear in my soul (though I DO enjoy a bit of world-watching from time to time). Contributing to whatever goals my employer has mapped out is fulfilling for me. Knowing I had a hand in achieving those goals while helping our nonprofit clients raise money for their causes is the icing on the cupcake.

Getting high marks as an employee is essential to me. I’ve always thrived on positive reinforcement. Doesn’t everybody? I’ve been lucky over the years in my varied workplaces to have been employed by folks who know the value of letting their staff know how important they are to their company’s success. My current employer (Christie) tops the charts when it comes to making me feel like I’m doing a good job on the job. That’s important.

Don’t take your staff or your volunteers for granted.

Give them that pat on the back when their hard work warrants it. Occasionally gift them with something or send them for a stress-relieving massage (yes, my boss does that!) as a reward for putting in the time needed to make a project successful. Or do it “just because” these people strive from day-to-day to help you reach your company’s or nonprofit’s goals.

Genuine praise is a powerful motivator. It’s a proven fact that an employee or volunteer who is recognized for their efforts becomes even more industrious.

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