20 Fast, Fun, and (Almost) Free Employee Recognition Ideas

Effective employee recognition can drive performance, increase retention, and impact your bottom line. And it doesn’t have to take a lot of money—or planning. Check out these 20 creative, thoughtful, and low- or no-cost ideas that leaders can use to give employees the recognition they deserve. 1. Recognize employees in front of their peers. This makes the recognition more meaningful and reinforces desired behaviors to the rest of the team. 2. Hide thank you notes around the office and break room. Put cards behind the coffee maker, wedged in the filing cabinet, or stuck to the doorknob. 3. Recognize your heroes with a surprise lunch. Try bringing in a few large “hero” sandwiches with all the fixings. 4. Write your team a check for “One Million Thanks.” Enlarge a check on a copier machine, or order one online. 5. Get to know a new hire or an employee with whom you don’t normally interact. Information you learn, such as favorite food or color, could be useful in future recognition efforts. 6. Create a “Welcome” flyer for new employees to let them know you are excited to have them on board. Get other employees to sign it. 7. Studies show the first 30 days on the job make the biggest impression. Write thank you notes to employees on their one-month anniversary. 8. Employee recognition has more impact when it’s timely, so follow the five-minute rule. When you hear or see a positive comment about an employee, recognize that person in five minutes or less. 9. Use your company’s Facebook page to recognize team accomplishments. It’s a great way to show off your team to prospective clients and recruits. 10. Every workplace has challenging situations. Reward employees who keep their cool and composure with Popsicles®, ice cream, or a cold beverage. 11. … Continue reading 20 Fast, Fun, and (Almost) Free Employee Recognition Ideas