As a manager, I was hoping to get more ideas from the comments for staff recognition. Instead it seems like mostly complaints about short staffing. And rather than start a war about that, here are the things I do for recognition, in case other managers are looking for ideas:
1. We put names of those who have done extra (pick up a shift, drive a coworker who's car is broken, comes up with a great idea) into a "hat" - yes THAT hat - and pick a winner at each staff meeting. I supply the prize out of my own pocket, which right now are a few tea light candles because I have plenty of them at home.
2. Send emails after rough days not only thanking the staff, but highlighting their great attitude. And my manager gets a copy.
3. Tell anyone who will listen to me that while the providers are the backbone, my staff is the lifeblood of the company.
4. Stop in at each clinic almost every day, just to say hi and make sure they are doing okay.
5. Sometimes I bake treats for staff meeting, which saves me money because I pay for them either way. My department doesn't have a budget for that.
6. Name specific staff who have a good idea in emails and meetings.
I can't make more people apply for the open positions or get HR to process them any faster. But I do try to make my staff feel appreciated. And I'd love to hear other's ideas about this.