Associate Appreciation

According to data compiled by Socialcast, 85 percent of workers like having their efforts recognized at work. But more than half feel like they’re getting the short end of the stick. With some simple, cost effective additions every company can improve the sincere appreciation department.

Employee Appreciation Ideas

Recognizing the efforts of your team may go a long way toward making work a happy place and reducing turnover. Being grateful does not have to cost a lot. Making appreciation part of a company’s culture is a best practice. Here are some associate appreciation ideas to consider:

Ice Cream Social

You don’t need to spend a ton to show your employees they’re appreciated. A simple, crowd-pleasing offering like some ice cream and toppings can make pretty much anyone on your team smile.

Call an Early End to the Day

Notice your team has been working a lot of long hours? Every once and awhile, call it an early day to give associates a break and help them avoid burnout.

Create a Photo Board

Create a strong sense of community among team members by putting up a large board in the office to post photos from team outings and let associates add their own personal touches.

Say Thanks on Social Media

A simple thank you message posted to the company’s social media accounts, along with a heartfelt update about all the hard work the team does, can serve as a great way to show appreciation publicly.

Feature Associates on the Company Website

Post a thank you message, along with a photo or video featuring team members on the company’s website.

Invest in a Specialty Coffee Maker

Every great office should have a coffee machine. Maybe if there are a lot of serious caffine lovers, consider adding an espresso maker or other specialty products.

Support Favorite Causes

For charitable donations, let associates have a say in what causes to support. Maybe host a vote or just rotate who gets to choose an organization or cause for contributions.

Share Tickets to Local Events and/or the Movies

Instead of heading to a standard happy hour after work, get some tickets to a sporting or other special event or a movie ticket package so team members can attend together.

Host an Awards Ceremony

You don’t have to channel your inner Michael Scott and host a full-blown “Dundee’s” awards. Reward employees by recognizing individual talents. Host a quick awards ceremony at the end of a day where everyone is recognized. Each individual should receive specific recognition and if possible a unique award, gift certificate or card.

Remember Important Dates

You can also show your associates appreciation by keeping track of important dates like birthdays and work anniversaries. Send out a calendar every month or just be sure to send out messages sharing well wishes.

Create “Get Well Soon” Care Packages

When employees are out sick for an extended time, send get well wishes through personal care packages. Maybe set up a team to put together those items when individual associates could use a helping hand or we thinking of you.

Survey Associates

If you really want employees to feel appreciated, you need to actually listen to them. To gather opinions and actionable insights, perform regular surveys and then actually take their suggestions and input into account when making changes.

Throw a Company Picnic

A company picnic not only provides a great, relaxed setting to get together and socialize outside of work, company picnics also give others a chance to meet their colleagues’ families.

Let Team Members Recognize Each Other

And you can also give your team members a venue for appreciating one another. Set up a board in your office or create an appreciation thread in your communication app of choice.

by Annie Pilon

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