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Take employees out to lunch

When a team performs admirably and meets its goals, a meal is a great way to celebrate. Having lunch outings, in person or over a Zoom meeting, allows managers to give kudos to their employees and engage in a more casual setting. 

WELL Team
Human Resources

Relationship Types: Manager to Team Members

Format Types: In-Person, Virtual

Professional Development Opportunities

Understanding your employee’s strengths and supporting their development is an important role as a leader. Are there any upcoming projects you think your employee's strengths will shine? Involve them! It shows that you trust in their abilities and growth.

WELL Team
Human Resources

Relationship Types: Manager to Team Members

Format Types: In-Person, Virtual

Team Swag

Swag provides a physical connection between people and where they work.  This will show your employees that they're thought of and appreciated.  

WELL Team
Human Resources

Relationship Types: Manager to Team Members

Format Types: In-Person, Virtual

Coffee or Lunch Outing

If your employee isn’t one for public recognition, try a private coffee or lunch with just the two of you instead. 

This will allow a quiet space for you to express gratitude towards your employee and their hard work. 

WELL Team
Human Resources

Relationship Types: Manager to Team Members

Format Types: In-Person, Virtual

The Traveling Trophy

Peers are awarded based upon their performance on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. The selected peer will then choose the next trophy holderThis trophy is recommended to be tangible and fun!

WELL Team
Human Resources

Relationship Types: Peer-to-Peer

Format Types: In-Person

Appreciation Flip Chart Exercise

Create a flipchart for each team member with their name at the top. Have all team members write a statement on the flipchart stating what they appreciate about that person. Post it notes can also be used. 

WELL Team
Human Resources

Relationship Types: Peer-to-Peer, Manager to Team Members

Format Types: In-Person

Gratitude Round Robin

Each team member takes a turn expressing gratitude to another team member. Keep going until each team member has received gratitude from at least one colleague.

WELL Team
Human Resources

Relationship Types: Peer-to-Peer, Manager to Team Members

Format Types: In-Person, Virtual

Thank You Notes

Give each team member a box of thank you notes. Encourage them to use the notes to thank colleagues. Notes can also be posted on a bulletin board.

WELL Team
Human Resources

Relationship Types: Manager to Team Members

Format Types: In-Person

Add Celebrations to Team Agenda

Create an agenda item for your team meetings for celebration. Managers can recognize team members for service anniversaries, birthdays, and other milestones. Accomplishments and praise from stakeholders can also be shared.

WELL Team
Human Resources

Relationship Types: Manager to Team Members

Format Types: In-Person, Virtual

Favorites List

When new staff members join the team, ask them to list their favorite foods, drinks, entertainment, and any other categories you wish. Reference the list when you want to recognize people. They will appreciate getting something they like, and that their manager took the time and effort to personalize the gift. 

WELL Team
Human Resources

Relationship Types: Manager to Team Members

Format Types: In-Person, Virtual

Kellogg 'You Rock' Program

Kellogg provides a form for staff recognition. Winners are chosen and receive a cash award. 

Jennifer Wilson
Kellogg

Relationship Types: Peer-to-Peer, Manager to Team Members

Format Types: Virtual

MS Teams Praise

Use the 'Praise' feature in MS Teams to recognize a colleague. Choose the Praise icon (looks like a medal) in Chat or Teams message. Select a badge and write a personalized message. Be specific about what the recipient did and the impact it had. Preview and send!

WELL Team
Human Resources

Relationship Types: Peer-to-Peer, Manager to Team Members

Format Types: Virtual

Thank You Email

Send a heartfelt email thanking someone for what they did. Copy their supervisor. Be sure to mention specifically what you found valuable and the impact it had.

WELL Team
Human Resources

Relationship Types: Peer-to-Peer, Manager to Team Members

Format Types: Virtual