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Top Ways of Showing Appreciation to Employees

Top Ways of Showing Appreciation to Employees

You can tell your employees how much you value them and their contribution any day of the year. No occasion is necessary. In fact, small surprises, awards and tokens of your appreciation spread throughout the year and help the people in your work life feel valued.

Looking for ideas about how to praise and thank employees? Please see suggestions below;

  • Praise your employees about a job that has done well. Identify the specific actions that you found admirable. This praise feels sincere since you took the time to spell out details not just, “You did a good job.” You also emphasize the actions that you’d like to see the employee do more often and everybody benefits.


  • Say Thank You! Show your appreciation for their hard work and contributions. Don’t forget to say please often as well. A gracious, polite, civilized workplace is appreciated by all. Also if you “ask” and not “demand or dictate” the employee won’t feel demoralized.


  • Ask your employees about their interests. Questions and acknowledgments about their family, their hobbies, their weekend or a special event they attended. Your genuine interested as opposed to being nosey. This causes people to feel valued and cared about.


  • Offer your staff a flexible scheduling for the holidays, if feasible. If work coverage is critical, post a calendar so people can balance their time off with that of their coworkers. This shows you care about their personal time and not all about work.

Rewards and Recognition

  • You can give a card for no reason at all, to celebrate a special day such as a birthday, or to offer sympathy when a employee is ill or experiences a family death.
  •  If you can afford to give employees money. End of the year bonuses, attendance bonuses, quarterly bonuses and gift certificates.
  •  Take employees to lunch for a birthday, a special occasion or for no reason at all. Let them pick the restaurant. Or, order pizza or lunch from a caterer or a store that delivers. Schedule a brunch for a team that has met its current goals.
  •  Bring in bagels, doughnuts or other treats.
  •  Provide opportunity. People want chances for training and cross-training. They want to participate where their talents are noticed all employees.
  •  Have a yearly charity event where the whole office takes a work day (paid) to work with a non-profit for the day. This is good for the community and brings the staff together for team building.

Employee appreciation is never out-of-place. In fact, in many organizations, it’s often a scarce commodity. Make your workplace the exception. Use every opportunity to demonstrate your gratitude and appreciation to employees. They’ll bring you success in employee motivation, employee recognition and in building a positive, productive workplace.

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