Some companies use an elaborate, and in some cases expensive, employee recognition program. Recognising the efforts of employees with expensive gifts and awards can be an effective way to keep morale high, but there are several cheap and creative employee appreciation ideas that you can use to remind staffers that they are important to the company year-round.
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When an employee performs above and beyond the call of duty, the executive team should take some time to personally thank that employee. You can develop a program where an employee that does a noteworthy thing should receive a handwritten thank you note from the executive that runs the division. To make the note more complete, the employee's immediate manager can sign it as well. The note should be handwritten by the executive, it should mention the specific task the employee performed and it should include a thank you on behalf of the company.
Recognition can come from fellow employees as well as the executive team. You can create a program where employees submit a form that recognises a fellow employee for a job well done. The managers or executives review the forms each week, and then reward the nominated employees they feel are most deserving with a small certificate and candy. You can buy small bags or boxes of candy treats in bulk, and the program could include a saying such as "Thank you for doing a sweet job" or something along those lines.
When your company organises an event, such as a bowling night after hours, it can be used as a social bonding event for the staff. But if you get the executives involved, change the bowling to the middle of the last Friday of the month and allow only selected employees to come along you have an inexpensive employee appreciation event that employees may look forward to. Have the executive team choose five employees each month to enjoy two hours of bowling in the middle of the last Friday of the month on the company. Have their immediate managers and members of the executive team come along as well. You can commemorate the event with a small paper certificate.
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