17 Ways to Show Your Employees Appreciation

March 15th, 2012 by

Your employees want to be recognized for the contributions they make to your organization. Taking time to recognize your workforce’s efforts will increase employee morale and job satisfaction at your company. With engagement levels up, your organization will also see an improvement in productivity and retention.

Not only does showing your employees that you value their work benefit different business areas, the process doesn’t have to be costly or time consuming. There are simple actions you can take to make the gratitude you have for your staff known.  Use the 17 ideas below to show your team that they are instrumental members of your organization:

  1. Be respectful by saying “please” and “thank you” often.
  2. Help them save money by ordering pizza or taking them out for lunch.
  3. Keep an ample supply of free snacks and drinks in your break room or kitchen.
  4. For jobs done well, buy employees gift certificates to their favorite restaurant or store.
  5. Job permitting, allow your employees to have flexible schedules.
  6. Purchase subscriptions to some of your team’s favorite magazines, and leave them in the break room to share.
  7. Celebrate employment anniversaries with office parties.
  8. Help simplify their lives by partnering with a dry cleaning company to provide delivery and pick up at the office.
  9. Reward stellar workplace performance with a paid vacation day.
  10. Pay for memberships to professional groups that interest your employees.
  11. Give them notes of appreciation that you hand write.
  12. Purchase a cake and a card for staff to sign to celebrate employee birthdays.
  13. Create awards, like Team Player of the Year or Goes the Extra Mile, and have employees vote for the most deserving team member.
  14. Ask staff members what their career goals are, and help them reach success.
  15. Have an office potluck lunch, and encourage employees to bring their signature dishes.
  16. Greet your employees with a smile and friendly salutation when they arrive at the office.
  17. Decorate their office or cubicle with streamers and balloons when they accomplish a personal goal, like running a marathon or planning a charity event.

For additional tips and information to help show employees your appreciation, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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7 Responses to “17 Ways to Show Your Employees Appreciation”

  1. [...] your team has made throughout the first half of the year with an office party or celebratory lunch. Recognizing their efforts and letting them have some workplace fun will keep their morale high and performance [...]

  2. Andy says:

    We couldn’t agree more that it is important to demonstrate appreciation to employees for their dedication and loyalty. This is a great list. Services like SurprisesByMail.com incorporate many of the ideas outlined about, such as rewarding employees for birthdays and employment anniversaries, sending personalized notes and gifts.

  3. Persis Swift says:

    Thanks for your comment, Andy! Yes, celebrating big moments in the lives of your employees keeps workplace morale high!

  4. [...] Looking for creative ways to engage and retain your workforce? Invest some time and resources into planning an employee appreciation event. Whether it’s a family carnival or an ice cream social, the effort you make in putting these activities together will show your team members that their contributions make a difference for the company. Small acts like planning these events have the power to increase morale and job satisfaction, especially when raises and bonuses are not financially feasible. Below are a few of the benefits you’ll gain from hosting an event to celebrate your employees: [...]

  5. [...] To make this scenario unrealistic at your workplace, be grateful for the work your employees do and show your appreciation through public or private recognition, parties, gift cards or whatever else would appeal to your [...]

  6. [...] Don’t let your employees remember you as a Scrooge. Show your staff members your generosity during the holidays. What you give to your employees can range depending on office tradition or company budget. Some companies can afford to give each employee a bonus. Other employers might distribute gift cards to grocery stores or gas stations. Holiday hams or turkeys also make great gifts. Whatever you give, make sure it shows how much you appreciate your employees. [...]

  7. [...] nice social event is another good way to show appreciation for your staff, and of course provide some good free food and beverages. You can go the whole nine yards by [...]

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