It’s the time of year for counting your blessings, and as members of the Institute of Podiatric Excellence and Development (IPED) get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, we want to highlight one thing all podiatrists should be thankful for—their staff. That team of people who are the face of your practice to your patients, who keep the day running smoothly, make sure fees are collected in a timely manner and assist in countless other ways deserve a sincere “thank you.”
Many work place studies have shown that the primary motivating factor for employees is not money. Of course, it’s a good idea to keep salaries competitive and to offer financial incentives when appropriate to meet strategic goals, but money is not the only or best way to show your appreciation.
Below are some small, but impactful ways of letting your staff know that you value their contribution.
Privately acknowledge the individual efforts of staff members. This can be in the form of a sticky note left on their desk that says, “Great job on….,” or an email or a face to face conversation.
Public acknowledgement of staff, such as “employee of the month,” or “star player” awards posted in your back office.
Small gifts like movie theater gift certificates or lottery tickets are a tangible way of saying thanks for good work.
The bigger picture here is that you start to look for what your employees are doing right and not just criticize what they’re doing wrong. Don’t overlook the power of a heartfelt, “thank you.” You’ll be motivating your staff and creating a culture of gratitude and positivity in your practice.
At IPED, helping you manage your staff and run your practice successfully is just a part of what we offer our members. Bringing practitioners from varied backgrounds and at various stages of their careers from the newly graduated to the ready to retire is our mission for sharing knowledge and experiences. To learn how you can become a member, contact us by calling: 978-296-7634.