Acknowledge Personal Milestone Events

Your employee will appreciate your acknowledging his birthday, advanced degree graduation achievement, wedding engagement, wedding, or other personal milestone event.

If he (or she) shares with you information about any important event in his life, take the opportunity to congratulate him, honor him and acknowledge him. You can give him a card. Or, take him to lunch. Or, even a simple handshake can go a long way.

Taking an interest in your employee goes a long way and it's one of the easiest, meaningful actions you can take.

If you manage a large team, you'll likely want to create a way to help you remember upcoming milestone events for each of your employees.


  1. Author Patrick Lencioni talks about this very topic on page 84 of the October 5, 2009 issue of Business Week magazine.

    An important quote from his article states that many CEOs and top executives are "shocked to find out later, after someone [an employee] leaves, how much their personal detachment affected that employee's work experience."

    That's why Lencioni explains that "a manager's genuine interest in employees' lives pays off at every level, in every job."


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