It’s important to celebrate these teachers and nurses during Teacher Appreciation Week and National Nurses Week, but you can’t forget to recognize them year round. Regular recognition will make your appreciation more effective during the recognition weeks.
1. Get to know your people
Personal recognition is the most memorable and effective, so get to know the teachers or nurses at your organization. Learn about their personal likes and what motivates them. We recommend using our Tell Us About You Form. It gathers all the information you need to know how to recognize your staff any time of the year. You can download it for free our Recognition Resource Center.
Once you’ve collected these forms from everyone, make a few copies, and store them in easily accessible binders. Let parents at your school know they’re available, and be sure charge nurses and managers can access the information, too.
2. Regular recognition
Once you’ve collected the personal information about your staff, you can do regular recognition. Parents and managers can review the Tell Us About You Form for recognition ideas. For an organization-wide recognition program, designate a bulletin board in your building for recognition notes. You can easily roll out a Shout Outs peer recognition program. Learn more about how Shout Outs work. With Shout Outs in place, teachers and nurses can receive recognition from anyone – including their peers – any day of the year.
You can keep the appreciation going all year by scheduling monthly appreciation days in advance. Each day of the month, bring in snacks for teachers and nurses. You can either factor this into your budget for recognition and engagement, or ask for volunteers to bring in a treat. If you’re par of a school PTO, ask parents to be responsible for once a year. Get two or three parents to bring a snack each month, and they’ll make a big difference to the teachers without spending too much time or money.
3. Special recognition can happen other times of the year, too.
We know you’re aware of recognition holidays like Teacher Appreciation Week and National Nurses Week and take them seriously! Don’t let these two events be the only things you celebrate all year.
Holidays are a great time to do something fun for teachers and nurses. For example, encourage everyone to wear green and have a green potluck on St. Patrick’s Day. During the holidays, you can host a cookie exchange. Have parents or staff members bring 2 dozen of their favorite holiday cookie. Provide bags for the cookies, and invite teachers to take a selection of holiday cookies home for them and their family. You can do the same thing with your nurse team. This is great fun, affordable, and meaningful recognition.
Teachers and nurses appreciate your support when they’re busiest, like holidays or during conferences. Provide a meal for them when they have to work long days, and they will return to work with extra vigor!