Giving thanks — and the power of making it personal — came across clearly in a recent article in Fortune magazine about Yum Brands. They don’t allow managers just to give plaques or gifts — everything must have a personal note on it, or along with it. I love that idea.
It is a good reminder that the best acknowledgement or thank you to employees and others is something personal and meaningful. And, it must be fast — it loses impact if it’s too long after the fact. Yum has crazy items, such as a rubber, floppy chicken, cheesehead, roof tile, plastic hog, and oversize teeth. Every one of those items has a place to write something meaningful. “You want to give away a piece of yourself,” says David Novak, the CEO of Yum brands.
The Fortune article on employee recognition and giving thanks at Yum brands. Have a great Thanksgiving week — and make it personal!