Who are your best employees? Take a look at your rising stars and what you are doing to let them know what you think of their work. An annual review is a great tool, but a little extra recognition can go a very long way - that can be anything from a handwritten note to a spot bonus. Could you nominate them for industry awards or local/regional business awards? What are you offering for them in terms of professional development? Be focused on retaining your top talent at all times and on making sure they know they are considered a star.
You should also look outside your company at your best clients and vendors - they are superstars too. Let them know they are appreciated, take them out for lunch or dinner just as a thank you. You can start off the year by bringing a smile to someone's face and building a stronger relationship with your most important partners.
Your superstars - inside and outside your company - keep your business running. Be sure you take care of them.
Debbie Millin is President of UpperLevel Solutions - a Boston-based firm offering part-time and interim Chief Operating Officer services, operational assessments and executive project leadership.