“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
We should all be more grateful. As a leader in a non-profit field, it can be hard to convey your gratitude without spending a ton of cash. Here is my list of free or low priced ways to express genuine gratitude.
- No Cost
- Regularly tell your staff that you appreciate them — in meetings, in the halls, at the end of the week, whenever!
- Send out an school email noting appreciation for specific teachers and staff.
- Note your appreciation in a newsletter that goes out to parents and students.
- Keep your staff meeting short to show them you appreciate and respect their time.
- Low Cost
- Allow extra time at lunch or for breaks, if you can flex your staff.
- Offer to lighten their workload in some way if you are able.
- Buy special coffee or favorite treat (donuts).
- Give out ‘Thank You” cards or special post-its.
- Some Cost, but money you were going to spend anyways!
- Offer first chance on professional development opportunities.
- Buy a staff member a professional book.
- Buy a staff member a professional membership.
Remember keep it sincere, be specific, and spread it around!