Employee recognition is crucial to a positive work environment and a thriving company morale. In fact, companies with a recognition-rich culture have a 31% lower turnover rate, and a 14% increase in employee engagement, productivity and customer service. Amazingly, even something as simple as saying “Thank You” has a significant impact on the bottom line.

We put our heads together and utilized our 35+ years experience in the corporate event planning space to give you our favorite employee recognition ideas, both big and small.

Host an awards night
An awards night is a perfect way to say thank you on a grand scale to those who have gone above and beyond, from top performers to the unsung heroes. Feel free to throw in some goofy awards too like “best socks” or “most enthusiastic” so everyone feels involved!

Plan a team outing in your own backyard
Wine tasting, whale watching, cruising in your local harbor, cooking, or playing tourist for a day are all easy to organize and extremely fun.Take advantage of your location and see what sort of events your local businesses have to offer.

Organize a team building day
Contrary to popular belief, team building can be extremely fun. It provides an ideal environment for teams, or different departments, to work together in ways they don’t normally.

Invest in an employee recognition software
Tools like TinyPulse allow team members to recognize their teammates on a day to day basis. Sometimes the most impactful recognition is just a simple written “thank you” for a job that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

Plan a company-wide event
Nothing boost morale like having a party that the entire company can enjoy. Keep your event entertaining by offering a mix of activities like raffles, poker games, face painting, dancing and caricature artists.

Host a “Week of Wins” meeting every Friday
“Week of Wins” meetings are a fun way to end cap a week on a positive note. You can cover major wins, minor accomplishments, learning experiences, anything really from that week which stood out. Serve breakfast for extra credit.

Celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, engagements and other life milestones
Individual birthdays, anniversaries, engagements or other major life milestone celebrations show how much a company cares about their employees on a personal level.

Host a launch party
Creating a new product, implementing a new software, or designing a new website are all labor-intensive projects that involve multiple departments and countless hours of overtime. Host a launch party at the end of these big endeavors to show appreciation for the hours of hard work and dedication each individual put into bringing the project to fruition.
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