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Employee Recognition Ideas That Boost Workplace Morale

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You know the old saying, “It’s the thought that counts?” Well, I’m going to go one step further: Recognizing your employees is one of the best things you can do as a manager. It doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming—in fact, it doesn’t even have to happen at work—but it will make a huge difference in your team’s performance.

Don’t wait for a holiday or birthday to show your appreciation.

You don’t have to wait for a holiday or birthday to show your appreciation.

Don’t wait for a special occasion.

Don’t wait until the end of the year, when you can combine it with other employee recognition ideas like giving out bonus checks and hosting an office party.

Don’t wait until someone’s last day (which may be months away), or you’ll find yourself scrambling at the last minute!

Be specific about what you appreciate.

Don’t just say “great job!” This is vague and doesn’t give your employee an idea of what they did that was so great. Instead, try to be specific about what you appreciate. For example:

  •     “You were able to complete the project on time despite having a family emergency.”
  •     “Your creativity in developing this new product line has been invaluable.”

The more specific you can be when praising an employee, the better chance they’ll have of doing it again in the future!

Give employees direct feedback.

Give employees direct feedback.

When it comes to employee recognition, one of the best ways to show you care is by giving direct feedback on work that has been completed and offering suggestions for improvement. It can be tempting to focus on what went wrong or what needs improvement instead of focusing on what was done right, but this type of criticism doesn’t provide any motivation for employees who want to improve their performance in the future. Instead, try incorporating positive reinforcement into your daily interactions with coworkers–and make sure that they know they’re appreciated!

Use social media to celebrate and recognize great work.

Social media is a great way to share your appreciation and recognize the hard work of your employees. Make sure you use the social media platform that they are most likely to be on, so they can see what’s being said about them. If you have multiple offices, consider sending out all of the same messages across all locations, or alternatively create unique messages for each location based on what they need most (e.g., “We’re hiring!” or “We had an office party last night!”).

You should also balance positive messages with negative ones when sharing praise or criticism–it’s important not just for morale reasons but also because it makes people more willing to accept criticism when it comes along later!

Surprise employees with personalized gifts.

Surprise your employees with personalized gifts. Whether it’s a thank you card or a gift card, giving an employee something that shows you appreciate them is a great way to boost workplace morale. If the employee has a birthday coming up, consider getting them something related to their interests and hobbies–this can be as simple as buying them an Amazon gift card so they can buy themselves something nice!

If the employee has just celebrated an anniversary or wedding anniversary (or if it’s been some time since their last one), consider getting them something that celebrates the occasion: maybe even tickets to see their favorite band perform live?

Let employees know when they’ve made a difference in your business, or someone else’s life outside of work.

It’s important to recognize your employees for the good work they do. It’s also important to recognize them when they’ve made a difference in your business, or someone else’s life outside of work. This can be done by giving them an employee award, a certificate and even just telling them in person how much their contribution means to you!

Recognition is one of the most important things you can do as a manager, so make sure you’re doing it right!

As a manager, you have a lot on your plate. You’re probably thinking about how to boost employee morale and engagement, but what about the rest of your team? If you want to build relationships with your employees in order to improve workplace culture and productivity, it’s important that everyone has an opportunity for recognition.

Recognition is one of the most important things you can do as a manager! It helps boost morale and productivity by making people feel valued at work–and who doesn’t want that?


I hope this list of ideas has inspired you to start celebrating your employees’ great work! Be sure to keep in mind that there are many different ways to recognize people, so don’t be afraid to experiment. If one idea doesn’t work out so well for you or the person being recognized, try another approach instead. Don’t forget that the most important thing is making sure everyone feels appreciated at work–even if it takes some time and effort on your part!