Recognition Tip #38: Seek out useful and unique gizmos.

Be on the lookout for any useful gadget or device that will help someone. Listen and keep your eyes open for what someone really needs. Besides stores, even trade show give-aways spark some original ideas. And you’ll even find them at art and craft fairs.

Recognition Tip #37: Bring in some noisemakers and have some fun together.

Get kazoos, party clappers and horns for your employees and allow your team members to “blow their own horn” when no one else is. Towards the end of the day or at an appropriate break time, create some fun ruckus in harmonious unison to boost team spirit and morale.


Recognition Tip #36: Seeking out the unique and unusual.

Keep your eyes wide open for those unique gift items that fit a person’s interests perfectly. Or you might find a gift or knick-knack that is associated with the positive actions the person displayed, their wonderful attitude, or the achievement you want to recognize. These items are like finding recognition gold!


Recognition Tip #35: The fine art of personalization.

Personalizing a gift adds an extra touch of meaning to a gift item. Most people’s names can be found on pens, pencils, toothbrushes, balloons and door signs. The key is finding tokens of appreciation or gifts beyond these small items. Look for local craft displays to find vendors of artistic or creative gift items. And check out the specialized stores who only personalize unique gift items and go beyond just the common names already printed on things.


Recognition Tip #34: Never forget people’s anniversaries.

A person’s anniversary is so important because they always remember it every single year. Your job is to also remember these special days in their lives. Buy a supply of assorted cards for your employees – cover birthdays, personal and company milestone anniversaries. Strive to find the “perfect” card that is just right for each person you work with. Make it extra important to write a special and personalized note inside. This adds value and meaning with sending your card.

Recognition Tip #33: Send a chocolate bar message of Thanks.

Print up play-on-word chocolate bar wrappers of an employee’s favorite chocolate treat along with a message of appreciation. “Oh! John” (instead of “Oh! Henry” bar), “Wunder Gal” (in place of “Wunderbar”)…you get the idea. You could use sticky notes or careful rewrapping and write personalized words of praise or acknowledgment.

Recognition Tip #32: Muffin could be finer.

For a healthy alternative treat for employees, why don’t you bring in some morning muffins to share? You could also engage employees by enlisting participation from everyone. Have each person bake or bring in different kinds of muffins for added variety. Food for thought!


Recognition Tip #31: Bring in some sweet treats.

Donuts always win out but keep in mind those with health needs and bring in an alternative. Sweeten things up for special occasions, project completions, or just because.

Recognition Tip #30: Keep a gratitude journal

People who daily write in journals are more apt to reflect on the blessings in their lives. You will also remember acts of kindness from others towards you. Such mindfulness learning will help you to see the special things in others’ lives too. Strive to be more grateful for the people around you.

Recognition Tip #29: Sometimes you have to blow your own horn.

Keep an achievement log and record all your accomplishments, goals reached, new skills learned, projects completed, and challenges overcome. Others won’t do it for you. You will have your own recognition board and it will help to refer to when your performance is being reviewed.