Thanksgiving is just around the corner…and most Directors of Rehabilitation are thinking about thanking their staffing team.

But why limit giving thanks to once a year?

According to Jon Gordon, the author of  Soup – A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture, the number one reason why people leave their jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated. Don’t let this happen to you!

Rehabilitation facilities that successfully attract and retain top talent intentionally build a culture of inclusion and appreciation. Department managers in these organizations regularly “feed” their staff with appreciation and affirmation.

Creating a culture of appreciation

When you’re busy managing your facility—and fighting the daily fires, it’s easy to (accidentally) ignore your team. That’s why organizations that are committed to maintaining a culture of appreciation create culture plans—goals and activities that can be measured and implemented all year long.

A steady diet of recognition is the easiest plan to swallow.

Have you ever pondered the insatiability of our body’s need for food? Our bodies need for food is never completely satisfied for more than four hours at a time.  Whether we eat a huge thanksgiving feast or just a normal lunch, about four hours later, we begin feeling hungry again.

As humans, we have emotional needs as well as physical needs. Our emotional hunger for significance and recognition mimics our insatiable physical appetite for food.

Just as your therapists need sustenance to maintain their bodies, they need regular recognition to maintain their mental health.  Successful employee appreciation programs recognize both large and small milestones and accomplishments in a systematic way. The small note that recognizes the “employee of the moment” and the five-year service award is equally important.

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