Who’s Your Employee Idol?

Never mind if they can sing: Is there an Employee Idol in your midst?  How well do you know your employees – perhaps you have a master chef, a hidden Picasso, or the next Ansel Adams?  Or maybe you have the musical talent to put together your own office band?!

A fun way to recognize employees is to showcase their talents.  For example, Laurie Sheflin of Intuit shares, “At my last job, at a small office of ten employees, we had an enormously talented office manager. Our boss encouraged the office manager to share her vocal talent at our holiday party.  She really inspired the rest of us to join in, as back-up singers, playing maracas, using a file cabinet as a drum, whatever our talents allowed.  It was a fun way to recognize a talented employee and engage everyone as a team.”

Recognizing and celebrating office talent not only boosts employee morale, but can also produce richer relationships and add fun to the office atmosphere.  The benefits of recognizing talent can be exponential, since the positive, enthusiastic attitude of even one employee can have a viral effect in your office.  With little or no expense and a nominal investment of time and energy, you can reap the positive benefits of employee talent recognition with increased employee morale, improved retention, more engaged employees, and higher productivity.

Some fun ways to inspire and celebrate talent include:

  • Holding an office cook-off event.
  • Arranging a team event or off-site – think painting, sculpting, pottery, or cooking.
  • Putting on a talent show.
  • Holding contests – writing, photography, interpretive dance, etc. – then showcasing the entries.

There’s an abundance of talent lurking within our small businesses and finding it and recognizing it can be fun.  Do you have a known (or hidden!) talent in your office?  Tell us who your “Employee Idol” is and recognize them in a shout out here on the Intuit Small Business Blog or on our Intuit Payroll Facebook Page.

About Lisa Kerr

Lisa Kerr is the Word-of-Mouth Marketing Leader for Intuit's Payroll Group. She lives outside of Seattle and loves the outdoors, traveling, and spending time at the beach with her family and friends. Lisa's other pastime and favorite way to support small business is shopping (she loves a great deal!).
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7 comments
Tawana Burnett
Tawana Burnett

It's amazing how many great friends I have from former working relationships. I definitely cherish the "down time" of just hanging out with a colleague whether for lunch or a quick catch up. My employee idol is someone I worked with very closely every day even though she was remote we generally talked via IM or email even if we didn't have meetings together that day. I'm convinced if she wasn't working full-time in her current role she could do a stand up comedy stint. She kept me laughing every day!

Natalie
Natalie

I agree it is a lot of small things that making working at a company great For example, we have small kitchen-areas at work and there is a Latte machine, free milk, and even breakfast cereal. I love that our company cares about us by showing us in small ways everyday. In addition, we have cook-outs by the pond outside and sometimes invite in food trucks to treat our people to lunch...it means a lot and costs so little! Natalie

Jay Krishnan
Jay Krishnan

Well said Lisa! Personally, what matters most to me is the people that I work with. And I hear that from so many of my co-workers.One of my coworker has started a book club at work today. Now that is a fun idea to engage with other coworkers in an informal way...In my old company, we would make a big deal of celebrating Halloween and putting up skits...It was an amazing way to bond and get to know my peers in a different way.

Dede
Dede

Lisa's blog is so very true! As an employee of a large Corporation, I am always thankful for the "little things" that are so big to me! Being recognized by a quick email, an e-Card or a slide in a powerpoint presentation make me feel honored and an important part of a team! Feeling important does make you want to contribute more! Our company overall recognizes employees in so many ways, and we all work hard, so we deserve it! Thanks Lisa!

John Tangermann
John Tangermann

I have about 78 employee's that are my direct reports and am always looking for ways to help boost morale. I have been in a management role for most of my profesional career and morale within any business has the single greatest impact on positve productivity. Thank you for the ideas in this article I will certainly try to apply some of them to my workplace.

Annette Vig
Annette Vig

I don't have any employees, but I have a fabulous partner, Kim, Together we help motivate one another, and keep an optimistic attitude in a difficult industry. Kudos to Kim , for having a great attitude :)

Garret
Garret

I agree with everything in this blog. It is the little things employers do every day that makes the difference in the long run. My previous company regularly had 1st Friday lunches that everyone looked forward to as a way to connect and catch up. Other great ideas were days where we showcased several successful photographers throughout the office and of course the Halloween celebrations were always fun.