Ways to Show Employee AppreciationYour employees and coworkers deserve celebration all throughout the year….. not just on special occasions! No matter where you work, you can brighten your team’s day in ways that don’t require a lot of time or money. Check out these five employee appreciation ideas to boost morale and try one out this week!

Write Thank You Cards for Your Employees1. Write thank-you cards.

As simple as this one may sound, a hand-written card goes a long way. Did this person go the extra mile on a project or provide outstanding service to a customer? Take a few minutes out of the day to write your heartfelt appreciation on a thank-you card.

Give Out a Trophy at Work2. Give out a coveted prize.

The prize can be anything from a trophy or medal to a special desk decoration or fun memento. Kick off the fun during your next team meeting by presenting the prize to someone you think is deserving of recognition. Every month, in a team meeting or at your 3:05 High Five, let the person who last earned the prize present it to someone he or she chooses to recognize next.

3. Go all out on birthdays.

Birthdays are a big deal and they should be celebrated at work in a big way. Go out to lunch, sign a birthday card, bring a cake, or give a present… better yet, do all of these things! If you have a large team and a lot of birthdays, consider celebrating them monthly. Set aside one day to celebrate everyone whose birthday falls within that month.

4. Embrace surprises.

Remember, there doesn’t need be a birthday or special occasion to do something extraordinary for your team. Surprises are the most fun way to show employee appreciation! Bring in donuts and coffee, let them clock out early, give out small gifts or gift cards, or plan a jeans day. You know your team best, so choose a surprise they’ll love the most.

Throw a Company Picnic5. Throw a company picnic.

Lift morale by getting everyone outside in the fresh air during spring or summer. Not only is a picnic a great way to show appreciation, but it also encourages team building. Play a few games, eat delicious food, take plenty of pictures, and have fun taking a break from work together!

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