On the Twelfth day of Well-Mas, Santa gave to me Twelve Tokens of Thanks.

 Thank you         Everyone likes being recognized and appreciated for the hard work they do. Try to let people know more often that you value their time and effort. A simple “thank you” can really brighten someone’s day! If a person knows that what they are doing is appreciated they are more likely to try their best and enjoy doing it!

                Research has shown that lack of recognition is second to unmanageable workload as the biggest cause of psychological distress in the workplace. Workplace recognition promotes good mental health by giving meaning to employee’s work and increasing their self-esteem, motivation and job satisfaction. There are limitless ways to show your recognition of others, but most importantly be considerate and respectful of your co-workers feelings and express your gratitude towards them whenever you get the chance. This will contribute to a happier and healthier workplace!

                If you want to show your appreciation for your colleagues check out the Human Resources Department’s “You Make a Difference! Recognition Program” on the UHN corporate intranet! You can send an e-card to the person you want to recognize or share a story of a job well done that can be featured on the website. You can also find more information on “You’re a Star to Us”, Random acts of kindness, and Recognition in action.   

Benefits of Employee Recognition

  • Improves productivity and quality of work
  • Increases motivation
  • Helps build a supportive work environment
  • Improves employee retention
  • Increases loyalty to their employer
  • Employees feel more satisfied with their work
  • Reduces staff turnover


About Jav Girl

1) Background: - Originally from Guelph, ONT, - Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University, - Workplace Wellness & Health Promotion (WWHP) Post-Graduate Certificate from Centennial College - Completed my WWHP placement at UHN - Hired at UHN August 2008 2) Passions: - I love to run! Nothing beats a runner's high! =) 3) Achievements: - Competed at the National Track & Field Champions for Javelin [I named my javelin 'Orville' after the Wright brothers who invited the airplane - as I wanted my javelin to 'fly'] 4) "I love what I do because . . . it allows me to help others incorporate aspects of a healthy lifestyle into their lives. I've always wanted to help people get active and live better lives; I just never knew it could be my day job.' 5) Book Recommendation: 'Mindless Eating' by Brian Wansink and 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin

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