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5 Simple Ways You Can Recognize Employees Starting Today

Posted By Laurie A. Pehar Borsh, Monday, November 23, 2015
Updated: Friday, November 20, 2015

Contributed by Emil Shour - Marketing Coordinator, SnackNation



If your company doesn’t have some type of employee recognition program or a way of making employees feel appreciated, your business is in trouble.


Why do I make that bold claim?


If you haven’t heard by now, being unappreciated is the number one reason why Americans leave their jobs.


Not benefits, not pay, not even having a terrible boss – simply the lack of recognition by our peers.


So, how can your company do a better job of recognizing employees?


Here are 5 simple employee appreciation ideas to help get you started:


1. Go the Extra Mile


The Staten Island University Hospital Radiology Lab Transportation Staff has the difficult job of wheeling patients around for testing. When they were falling short of their goal for number of moves per hour, the experts at Michael C. Fina came up with an idea to appreciate employees that got the hospital results: the Go the Extra Mile (or GEM program for short).

When an employee witnessed another going above and beyond, they would nominate them for the GEM award. The program was simple, but gave the staffers recognition they could actually hold in their hands, which went far towards making them feel really appreciated. 

2. Recognize employees through your social media channels


The St. Louis Children’s hospital leveraged social media to take employee recognition to the next level during their employee recognition gala. Employees nominated for awards of honor were profiled on Facebook and they even made the effort to Skype employees into the gala for special recognition if they couldn’t make it.


Dedicated employees working late shifts were still justly recognized. 


Supplement your appreciation and recognition awards with social media.

3. Recognize people by their passions

LA based Ad Agency Omelet exemplifies this idea perfectly.

Their employee recognition idea involves recognizing something at the core of every employee: passions. Omelet has a program they call 60/60, which awards employees two hours each and every week to work on a project they’re passionate about – and it doesn’t even have to relate to their work!

Through the program, employees have been able to work on anything from sports sites to food blogs. When you value an employee’s passions, they know you value them as a unique individual.

4. Give praise in person

At SnackNation, The “Crush-It” Call is a time-honored tradition. Each Friday afternoon, the entire SnackNation team huddles together and goes around the room stating 2 things:

  1. “Crush” someone on the team whose work they want to recognize and why
  2. Something you are grateful for

It’s a great chance for people to not only recognize each other, but also bring that person’s hard work to the attention of the entire team. As our team has grown, this gives everyone a chance to see the awesome achievements of everyone else in the company.

5. Support a good cause

Ad agency Drake Cooper recognizes employees through philanthropic side projects. They have a program called Dream Big where they allow staff to select a nonprofit for the agency to work with for free. Letting staff have the time to work on a passion project and do good is a great way to offer recognition (and earn some good karma).


SnackNation is a one-of-a-kind monthly healthy snack delivery service that helps employees be happier, healthier, and highly productiveIt’s also a way to give your employees convenient “grab and go” access to healthy foods so they can stay on site, stay properly fueled, and save themselves time and energy. Visit:

Tags:  EMPLOYEE  HR  human resources  management  NCHRA  programs  recognition  SnackNation 

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