Establishing performance based awards, such as top sales, behind the scenes excellence or most innovative idea of the year, is one way to recognize exemplary employees. Saying thank you, sharing positive feedback or hosting an unexpected pizza party are among other ways to regularly recognize employees.
Invite an employee to lunch or to a meeting with top management in recognition of a specific accomplishment. Make recognition an integral part of the company culture by calling out accomplishments in the corporate newsletter or sending an all-staff e-mail when someone signs a new client or a receives a grant award. Time off, early dismissal or a sleep-in morning are always appreciated.
Recognition is most effective when it is timely and shared with others, but it isn't always about a specific success. Recognizing all staff members at the end of the yearly audit with a barbecue, scheduling monthly all-staff coffee breaks to recognize birthdays or sending a rose to employees on their anniversary date are options for sharing appreciation of the employee.
Scheduling listening sessions with employees to hear their thoughts about the job is another way to show employees they are valued. Listening is the ultimate recognition and provides important information at the same time.