Recognizing your employees is a thing of necessity if you want to create a bond with your team members. I personally think you should try to learn the names of their spouse and children.
I have even heard some recommend that you should even learn their pet’s names, although I have never went that far. True leadership starts with getting to know everyone on the team.
On an employee’s first day be sure to introduce them to the team and tell them you are glad to have them and look forward to working with them. If a worker is quitting and you know in advance, get them a going away card and let everyone sign it.
This lets the people that are staying know that you value them as team members and when/if the day comes for them to move on, you will also honor them.
The Carrot Principle by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton is a great book if you are looking for ideas on recognition.
Some of my favourite ideas from the book are as follows:
1. Take a lesson from the boy scouts and be prepared. Have gift cards on hand to hand out if you spot a worker doing something above and beyond or a safe practice.
2. Call your people by their name every time you speak to them.
3. Praise should be public; criticism should be private.
“In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in
action.” ― Aristotle