16 Clever Ways to Show Employee Appreciation

You don’t need to wait for Employee Appreciation Day to recognize employees. Showing employees they are appreciated by their employer and office colleagues boosts morale and increases workplace effectiveness. This infographic by Work.com indicates that 69% of employees worked harder when they felt they were appreciated, and 54% of employees would quit working at a company where they didn’t feel appreciated. It’s time to recognize employees!

Whether you are interested in budget-friendly tips or you want to do something quick and easy, here are some clever ideas to jumpstart your employee appreciation efforts.

Pinterest Takes the Prize

Take to the Pinterest boards to find dozens of easy and cost effective tips, including:

1. Candy gifts with crafty tags, such as “You’re a lifesaver” (Lifesavers), “You deserve a break” (Kit Kat bar), “You are so Flippin’ Awesome” (Flips Chocolate Covered Pretzels), or “Thanks a Million for Being Such Great Employees” (Million bar).

2. Create buttons or decorated knickknacks that showcase employee appreciation, with slogans like “My Boss Thinks I’m Kind of a Big Deal.”

Craft style gifts can be made up in advance, require little personalization, and are quite cost effective. These are ideal for small tokens of appreciation and for group appreciation.

Give the Gift of Gold

Who says monetary rewards can’t be creative? Consider the following ideas:

3. Gift cards to favored stores or online retailers, i.e. Starbucks or Amazon.com

4. 20 random unscratched lottery tickets

5. Tickets to see a movie, local sporting event, or entertainment, i.e. theater tickets or tickets to the zoo

6. Create a reward system allowing employees to earn tickets, which can be redeemed for major prizes ranging from cash to extended vacation time.

7. Voucher for a professional cleaning services to clean their house or vehicle

Monetary gifts are best suited for individual employees who have shown promise, leadership, and the willingness to go above and beyond for their job. This type of award is best when promoted across the board so that everyone is pushed to go that extra mile.