Some examples of low- or no-cost recognition opportunities include:

  • A simple "Thank you"
  • Be visible; stop and talk to your employees
  • Private time with manager/supervisor: schedule time with your employee for coffee, lunch, etc. and use the time to simply get to know the employee better
  • Job well done breakfast, lunch, snack
  • Off-site team-building retreat
  • Create a departmental "Hall of Fame" on your website or in your department
  • Send a handwritten note of thanks for the completion of a challenging project
  • Bulletin board with highlights of employee and team accomplishments
Get more tips for recognizing employee contribution.
Note to Managers and Supervisors: If you would like a supply of "Thank you" pens and note cards, please email