10 creative ideas for employee recognition in the workplace

Posted by Dan Kelly

Demonstrating appreciation to your employees for their contribution to your business can promote goodwill, high levels of staff satisfaction and loyalty. Once established as an integral part of your business, all this can grow organically to become a reciprocal part of your company culture, where staff recognise and encourage one another as well.

As well as those already mentioned, there are numerous benefits to employee recognition. Staff retention can improve, so less money is wasted on recruitment and training, and you can enjoy a well-oiled, efficient and positive-thinking workforce. Plus, productivity is likely to go up as employees who feel appreciated are more likely to work much harder to do a good job for you.

So how can you make employee recognition work for your business? Here are ten creative ideas for staff recognition to help make it an integral part of your company:

1) Implement an employee recognition programme

The programmes also have a well-structured implementation process, which makes it easy for you to run and for your staff to use. To learn how to get your scheme up and running, read our blog post, Six steps to implementing an employee recognition programme.    

Setting up a tailored employee recognition scheme lets your workforce know that you’re serious about rewarding their achievements. It can be the most straightforward way to show that you appreciate your employees.

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2) Recognition wall

Designate an area of the office that can be your staff recognition wall where you can shout about your outstanding employees. It’s a great chance to celebrate their success in a very visible way. It also encourages peers to share each other’s achievements and support one another.

3) Instant points vouchers

Find a way to recognise excellence as it happens, so that staff aren’t left feeling unnoticed. Vouchers can be a great vehicle for this, as they’re low-cost and can be kept in the office. They can provide an instant morale boost. If presented at work in front of their colleagues, they can also be a good motivator for their peers, with the positive message that good things happen when hard work is put in.

4) e-thank you certificates

A quick and inexpensive route to appreciation is to send an e-thank you certificate that’s designed in line with your company branding. This can detail the reasons for the recognition and be sent quickly to acknowledge an employee’s hard work straight away. Recipients can even print it out as a longstanding reminder of their achievement.

5) Invest in careers

You should aim to retain valuable employees, so it’s important to show a vested interest in their career development. Consider constructing personal development plans and invest in training to extend their skills and knowledge. Employees should appreciate your commitment and will be much more likely to remain loyal. The added bonus is a well-trained, expert workforce.

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6) Celebrate anniversaries

Another route to loyalty can be to acknowledge key milestones along the way. You can do this by recognising anniversaries, as staff stay and grow with your company, and providing rewards to demonstrate your appreciation of their longevity.

7) Toast success

Be it within a team or company-wide, it’s important to celebrate success. This could be following a new product or project launch, or perhaps staff have been working long hours to get a job done. Whatever it may be, you can show your employees it’s appreciated with a pizza party lunch, a dinner out, or a champagne toast. Even just a mention at company meetings can go down well. However you choose to celebrate staff success, you should aim to makes sure it doesn’t go unnoticed.

8) Company values

Another idea for employee recognition is to embrace your company values and tie them to staff performance. Try running a monthly awards system whereby employees can nominate peers based on their demonstration of company values. This inclusive approach shows that everyone’s opinion matters, so that it’s not just the nominees who feel valued.

9) Company awards

Consider running awards tailored to your company. Categories can cover what you do and how you do it, and your employees can vote for the winners. Also, by making a big deal of the event and announcing the winners publicly, such as by sending out a press release, you can demonstrate to all your employees that their contribution matters.

10) Company newsletters

Another creative idea for staff recognition in business is to put together a company newsletter. You can send this out to highlight key achievements or targets that employees have hit, key anniversaries or even training accomplishments. Whatever you do to draw attention to their success, big or small, it can go a long way towards employee satisfaction. This can create a positive working environment that people will want to be a part of.

Recognition programmes to get the best from your staff

An effective recognition programme can be used to show your value and appreciate your staff in many ways, from using instant vouchers to toasting success. This can ensure you get the best efforts from you staff time and time again.

At CR Worldwide, we provide effective employee recognition programmes to encourage your workforce to bring you the best results. This is done by increasing morale, bettering your staff performance and improving employee development across your business. Our employee recognition schemes are:

Easy to implement – They can be set up quickly, and tailored to suit your staff needs and business goals easily.

Easy to manage – They offer real-time reporting that allows managers to keep track of staff achievements, recognise and reward individuals, and inspire them to reach new goals. Many exciting rewards can also be selected from a catalogue that we provide.

Easy to use – We offer simple methods to recognise and reward your staff’s hard work and their achievements. This is done in a way that aims to make them feel valued, improve their performance and boost their loyalty, all while creating an instant bond with your brand.

We’d love to excite, engage and inspire your staff with the employee recognition programmes that we provide. To speak to a member of our award-winning team:

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As a founding partner of CR Worldwide in 2002, Dan helped develop the company from a start-up business into the multi-million global brand it is today.