When was the last time you thanked a colleague or employee for helping you out at work? It’s time to start expressing your gratitude on a regular basis. Why? Our Employee Engagement Report found that less than 33% of employees feel valued at work. A simple “thank you” can go a long way towards improving that statistic.
Drawing a blank as to how you can say “thank you” in a way that proves you mean it? Here are 50 employee recognition ideas that’ll help you show how thankful you are:
1. Use your words to say “thank you” the old-fashioned way.
2. Write a handwritten note.
3. Bake the best cookies you know how to bake.
4. Take your coworker out to lunch.
5. Offer to take something off your colleague’s plate.
6. Open up to your coworkers; get personal.
7. Cue them in on any work-related opportunities you find out about.
8. Tell other people how awesome your coworker is — word will get around.
9. Always be willing to lend an ear and hear about your colleagues’ problems.
10. Give your coworkers a small gift they can put on their desks.
11. Buy your colleagues coffee and pastries.
12. Write about how awesome they are in a LinkedIn recommendation.
13. Boost the salaries of workers who deserve it — even if it’s not annual review time.
14. Send employees to conferences and seminars for professional development.
15. Promote workers who deserve it.
16. Create an employee development plan outlining a worker’s projected career path.
17. Buy the entire team ice cream or gelato on a hot day.
18. Write an email to your whole team explaining how awesome your coworker is.
19. Recognize an employee’s efforts in a public setting (e.g., a meeting).
20. Lead by example; work as hard as you can.
21. Ask colleagues their opinion on important decisions.
22. Let team members who went above and beyond work remotely.
23. Appoint a team member (or recommend them) to serve on an interdepartmental committee.
24. Draw a funny cartoon showing how much you appreciate their help.
25. Make your coworker a mix CD or Spotify playlist (who doesn’t like new music?).
26. Mention their awesome deeds in shout-outs on social media.
27. Invest in new tools and technologies for your team.
28. Create a company-specific status symbol (e.g., a stuffed animal) and give it out whenever someone goes above and beyond.
29. Take your team on an off-site.
30. Make a certificate to hang on your colleague’s wall (e.g., “Best Coworker Ever”).