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 the Soup – A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture, the number one reason why people leave their jobs is because 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 an 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 4 hours at a time.  Whether we eat a huge thanksgiving feast or just a normal lunch, about 4 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 are equally important.

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Here are just a few resources and ideas that can help you build a foundation for recognizing your employees all year long.

  1. To get the big picture and create your plan – use Jon Gordon’s implementation guide for Soup.
  2. If you already have a foundation but you need a tool that will help you recognize your employee’s small everyday contributions – visit- – FREE nifty little recognition cards that you can use to recognize moments of excellence.
  3. To ensure you are saying “thank you” in the right ways, click here to read Dr. Mark Goulston’s guide to writing a Power Thank you.


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