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Work can sometimes feel like a home away from home. After all, most people spend 40 hours or more a week at work. So it is not uncommon for coworkers to become like family and when a family member gets a promotion, it’s cause for celebration. Congratulating a colleague on her promotion is a great morale booster, plus it’s a chance for the office to express the pride they feel for the honoree. Coworkers can show how happy they are for their teammate in ways ranging from low-key tributes to over-the-top celebrations.
Say It With Words
An understated and low-key way to congratulate someone on a job promotion is in writing. A personalized letter expressing pride and joy on the accomplishment is a nice way of showing support. If the entire department shares the sentiment, you may want to consider getting a card and having everyone sign it. You can find cards for practically every occasion, including job promotions. You may also send a congratulatory e-card or email to someone who is not well-known or not in your immediate department. If you are unsure what to write, check the Microsoft Office template website for ideas.
After working so hard to achieve a promotion, it would be nice to have a day off to relax and recoup before starting the new job. Sometimes the best way to reward an employee for a job well done is to give him a day off. Managers or human resources associates can congratulate an employee on the accomplishment of a promotion by granting him additional personal days or vacation time. Some organizations grant employees additional vacation time as they advance in the company. It's a great incentive for employees to work harder for advancement.
Showering Them With Gifts
Giving a gift in recognition of a promotion is a more tangible way of showing your feelings for an associate. It also gives your teammate something that will always remind her of you. For a work colleague, desk accessories make great gifts. Having the gift engraved with the person’s name or a congratulatory message is a nice touch. Portfolios and picture frames also make acceptable gifts for the occasion. Team members who are especially close may consider a scrapbook of team pictures for the coworker to take to the new position.
Throwing a Party
Throwing a party to celebrate a team member’s accomplishment is a great way to show pride in his efforts. It’s also a team-builder because it brings everyone together. On another note, it shows the advancing team member that there are no hard feelings, which will make his transition even easier. While a party during work hours is nice, an after-work party will allow people to feel more relaxed. It also offers greater choices in venues and the chance for spouses and family members to participate.
Adele Burney started her writing career in 2009 when she was a featured writer in "Membership Matters," the magazine for Junior League. She is a finance manager who brings more than 10 years of accounting and finance experience to her online articles. Burney has a degree in organizational communications and a Master of Business Administration from Rollins College.
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