By: Heather Haslam
The holidays are near and if you’re like me, you’ve likely found yourself absent-mindedly humming the tune to “The 12 Days of Christmas’ (not unsurprising, given that it started popping up as early as November 1st!). Even though the constant barrage of hearing that song can be a little overbearing for others (I personally love it) it’s always held a special place in my heart because of its important message - showing an appreciation for those that care about our wellbeing
On the topic of appreciation, a recent poll we at ADP Canada conducted with more than 1,000 Canadian employees showed that one-in-three of them felt as though the HR individual or team within their organizations was underappreciated. In fact – even more (almost 40%) say they have no idea what their HR team even does!
But why would we go out of our way to show appreciation for HR? I mean, they’re only responsible for making sure that we’re interviewed… and hired… and trained… and set up to be paid… and have our benefits taken care of… and have our voices heard if issues arise… and given the opportunity to advance our careers through professional development… and so on… and so on…
Okay – when you write it all out, it’s easy to see why we need to do a better job at showing our appreciation for all that our HR teams do. They look after us. And our colleagues. And because their day-to-day role is so aligned with our own ongoing success, we have the ability to not just show our appreciation for HR through gifts, saying thank you through recognition – but also through our daily performance and productivity, as well.
So, with this catchy tune of appreciation trapped in my head, I thought it would be the perfect time to make my list of ways that I (and you) can show appreciation for the fine folks in HR this holiday season, and every day of the year.
Maestro… cue the band…
On the first day of appreciation, I’ll give my HR team… a holiday party that’s incident-free!
On the second day of appreciation, I’ll give my HR team… two pre-vetted candidates, to join Marketing.
On the third day of appreciation, I’ll give my HR team… three egg nog lattes - for their morning coffee.
On the fourth day of appreciation, I’ll give my HR team… four professional development goals, completed quarterly.
On the fifth day of appreciation I’ll give my HR team… Fiiiiive Golllllldennn Starrrrrs! (on Glassdoor).
On the sixth day of appreciation I’ll give my HR team… six weeks’ notice for vacation – for me and all of my direct reports.
On the seventh day of appreciation I’ll give my HR team… seven spa coupons (because I made sure gifting was allowed under our corporate policies!)
On the eighth day of appreciation, I’ll give my HR team… eight productive hours daily (and a ninth that is just for me!)
On the ninth day of appreciation, I’ll give my HR team… nine expense reports, on time and complete (which is sure to be a hit with payroll!)
On the tenth day of appreciation, I’ll give my HR team... ten LinkedIn endorsements (because the Internet deserves to know how great Andrea and Vincent are at Talent Activation!)
On the eleventh day of appreciation I’ll give my HR team… a nomination for the upcoming ADP Canada HR Appreciation Contest, which we’ll be launching soon to recognize the great work that HR teams and individuals do each day - via stories from those that directly benefit from it.
NOTE: while our HR team is ineligible to actually WIN the contest, I’m hoping the gesture itself shows my appreciation for them!
On the twelfth day of appreciation, I’ll give my HR team… a simple “thank you” any chance I get, daily. No catchy jingle or rhyme. Just appreciation.
Whether it’s a company-wide email about important policy changes, the support of a team member’s development plan, or an update I requested to my benefits I’m going above the simple “thank you for your hard work”. I’m committed to doing more during this holiday season and for all of 2019 (and beyond) to make sure that the hard working individuals that form the backbone of our company – our HR team – know just how much their efforts mean to me.
So while there’s still plenty of time left for my humming of the “The 12 Days of Christmas” to be tuned out by the playing of the song itself - over speakers in department stores, in my local coffee shop or during my son Abram’s school Christmas concert - I’m pleasantly surprised (and thankful) to have a new book of lyrics to add to that timeless melody.
Heather Haslam is VP Marketing at ADP Canada.