Employee Appreciation: No Two Ways About It

by Kylee Stone Nov 13,2019

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

There are two ways of doing employee appreciation.

Either you break the bank or you go budget-friendly. But there is no reason not to do it. Employee appreciation is a great way to humanize work and let your employees know that you appreciate them and not just the results they produce.

We have put together a list of employee appreciation ideas, and there’s something for every organization, be they small ones or big ones.

The Budget-Friendly Ideas

1. An Afternoon Trip To The Movies

You don’t need to plan this event a week ahead and organize the trip, like how it used to happen back in school. You can surprise your team with tickets to the latest movie or even better, have a movie-afternoon right there in the office! Throw in some popcorn and soft drinks, and you are good to go.

2. Gift To Everyone

This one would probably require you to plan ahead. And it works really well for small businesses or even small teams. A lot of online stores have very affordable and nice-looking gifts that can be brought in bulk. Finding a gift lying on their desks as a sign of appreciation from their manager is one great way to make employees feel like their manager does care about them.

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3. Hand-Written Cards

Handwritten cards can work wonders. Again, not much planning is needed. You can also do it after coming to your office on the very same day. All you need is a bunch of empty cards, a pen and a heart filled with gratitude. Employees feel appreciated personally and this small act can go a long way. Write why each one of your employees is special to you and how much you appreciate their efforts and contributions to your organization.

4. Food Is Everyone’s Friend

Who doesn’t love food? Especially when it’s free! Throw a pizza party or organize a buffet at your office and make your employees feel special. Lunch with colleagues will make them feel engaged and give them a break from their daily work routine.

5. Wall Of Fame

This one is going to need some effort. But it is going to be well worth the effort. Make a wall of fame in your office and list the names of all your employees and write about how their efforts contributed to your organizational success. This will be an entertaining and motivating way for your employees to be appreciated on employee appreciation day.

P.S: The wall of fame can be an ongoing employee engagement activity throughout the year.

Also read: Employee Recognition: The Art of Gratitude

The Not So Budget-Friendly But CREATIVE Ideas

6. Wheel Of Gifts

Well, this is new and puts your creative brain cells to work (You need to do some serious shopping and exercise your creativity when choosing the gifts).

Create a wheel with a list of gifts written on it and have your employees spin it and choose their gift for the day. This is going to be a fun and engaging activity for employee appreciation day!

7. Charitable Projects

This requires a slightly higher budget and research, but its altruistic nature makes it one that people might enjoy participating in. Find out if your employees would like to support a cause and make a donation on their behalf and make them feel appreciated for being able to make a difference by donating to the cause. You can also take them out to participate and actively volunteer for a cause. Of course, you need to remember to not force anyone into participating.

8. Video Games/ Sports

You can set up video games or sports for a day in your office and encourage your staff to participate. It would be more entertaining if the games involve multiple players.

Employees can compete with each other and have fun. Another thing that you can do is make multiple teams and set time slots for every player and have a contest where you award the winning team.

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9. Gift Cards

When you feel that giving cash bonuses to your employees will lack the emotion behind the very idea of appreciation, gift cards are the best! You will also be saved from the whole gift buying process.

Just set a limit and give employee appreciation gift cards to your employees. There are many places out there that accept these gift cards and employees can also use the gift cards to make purchases online. You can know more about the creative ways of presenting gift cards here.

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Kylee Stone

Kylee Stone supports the professional services team as a CX intern and psychology SME. She leverages her innate creativity with extensive background in psychology to support client experience and organizational functions. Kylee is completing her master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational psychology at the University of Missouri Science and Technology emphasizing in Applied workplace psychology and Statistical Methods.

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