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Ali Siemianowski

Communication Specialist, National Council for Behavioral Health

Don’t Forget to Celebrate Your Employees this Holiday Season

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Between decking the halls, parties and last minute shopping, it’s easy to forget that the holidays are a time to celebrate the year’s successes and reflect on plans for the New Year. It’s a time to show our gratitude and thanks for the people in our lives. Have you thought about how you will show your colleagues and employees how thankful you are for their work? If you haven’t, let’s start.

Recognizing your employees and their achievements is one of the easiest ways to cultivate a thriving workplace. It’s also the most often overlooked.

Sincere praise and recognition improves relationships between employees and supervisors, as well as morale and engagement. It sends a message to all employees that their leaders cares about them. Employees who are recognized for their efforts are more committed and take greater pride in what they do. We all want to work in a supportive environment like that.

Sure, you show your gratitude with thank you notes and office holiday parties, but why not tell the world how great your employees are? Recognize your superstars by nominating them for a National Council Award of Excellence.

Every year, the Awards of Excellence honor individuals, teams, programs and organizations that truly change the lives of people living with mental illnesses and addictions. And, there are 18 categories that honor those who go the extra mile — so there’s something for everyone on your list.

Why an award? Awards are much more than a trophy to accumulate dust on your bookshelf. They are a way to highlight organizational successes and contributions to the community. They are a conduit to share achievements with funders and stakeholders and a way to show potential employees that your organization is a great place to work.

We’re all busy and with competing priorities, so it can be hard to stop and think about all the good around you. But, every day, your team makes a difference. That’s something to celebrate.

Who deserves a shout out in your organization? Take the time to reflect on your successes — big and small — and nominate those individuals behind the successes for an Award of Excellence.

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