Research shows that feeling appreciated—which comes from recognition from others—is one of the top three drivers of employee engagement. The best news is that showing appreciation doesn’t have to cost a lot of time or money.
- A sincere word of thanks costs nothing and is very effective.
- Post a thank you note on their door in their honor.
- Throw a pizza party or cake party in their honor.
- Create a simple “ABCD” card that are given when someone goes “Above the Call of Duty”.
- Write about them in a company-wide email.
- Give a long-lunch, extra break, or comp time.
- Honor them at the start of the next staff meeting (recognize someone at the start of every staff meeting).
- Post a “thank you” sign in the lobby with their name on it.
- Gift them flowers, a book, or other small gift.
- Invite them to a one-on-one lunch.
- Give them a card with lottery tickets inside.
- Give them a card with movie tickets inside.
- Give them a card with Starbucks gift certificate.
- Have the entire team sign a framed photo or certificate of appreciation.
- Arrange for a boss several levels up to stop by to say thanks.
- Send a thank you note or gift basket to their spouse.
- Arrange to have their car washed.
- Arrange to have their home cleaned.
- Let them bring their pet to work.
- Buy a dozen of donuts and announce to the department that they are in the honorees office, they should stop by to say hi and get one.
- Feature them in the company newsletter.
- Pick an unusual or funny object and place it on their desk for a week.
- Let them dress casual for a day.
- Have entire team honor them with a standing ovation at the start of the next staff meeting.
- Offer to swap a task with them for a day or week
Written by: April Campbell and Sherry Dale