5 Ways to Show Appreciation for Your Employees

Sincere appreciation is a huge employee motivator across the globe. Your staff works hard year- round to keep your company relevant and profitable and while you may offer recognition and reward throughout the year, the new year is a great time to show a little extra appreciation for their commitment. Here are some affordable and simple out-of- the-box ways to say thank you this year: 

1. Personalized Plaques 

Consider investing in a nice plaque or trophy for your top performing employees. The award should be customized in a way that reflects the personality and achievements of the individual. This gives the employee a way to show off their achievements in a humble and professional way. It also expresses your appreciation for their individual contributions to the company. 

2. Movie Night 

Everyone enjoys a good movie. One way to show appreciation for the entire group is to have an office movie night. You can set up a theater in the office and provide the refreshments, or rent out your local theater. Either way, make sure to include the families of your employees. It will be a great time to bond and get to know everyone on a more personal level. Just make sure the movie is appropriate for all employees. 

3. Brewery Tour 

If you have a local brewery in your area, consider scheduling an afternoon tour with the office. This is an opportunity for your staff to go off campus, learn something new, and enjoy a few brews on the company! If you're feeling generous, you might even purchase a mixed six pack for each staff member to enjoy at home. This option obviously isn't for everyone due to several factors but it's a big hit for a lot of companies and teams at a low price. 

4. New Office Swag 

Another way to show appreciation is to add some jazz to the office. Consider purchasing a new toy that can be enjoyed by the entire staff. Examples include a ping pong table, skee-ball machine, snack bar, or air hockey table. 

You don't have to go all out like Google or Facebook with sleep pods and massage therapists but it's good to offer something for employees to use to either blow off steam or for office team building.  
5. Cut Some Slack 

As the year winds down, you might consider showing your appreciation by switching up the normal routine and allowing your staff to let loose. This will allow them to have a bit of fun and recharge for the new year. Ideas include casual Fridays, bring your dog to work days, or early release days. It's also good for morale and employee productivity


These are just a few of the many great ideas for showing appreciation for your most valued asset, your employees. Your staff will appreciate the effort and will feel motivated to tackle another year. If you're looking for ways to express your gratitude, add one of these fun ideas to your list.

I hope you enjoyed this article on ways to show how much you appreciate your employees in the new year.

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