- A Visit to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum
- A trip to the Art Hop
- Hoops and YoYo E-Cards
- Post a thank you note in their work space.
- Make a thank‐you card by hand.
- Acknowledge and celebrate birthdays.
- Greet others by name.
- Swap a task with someone for a day – his/her choice.
- Recognize those who actively serve the community.
- Privately recognize an individual's personal needs and challenges.
- Publicly recognize the positive impact on operations of the solutions others devise for problems.
- When you hear a positive remark about someone, repeat it to that person as soon as possible
(Face‐to-face is best, e‐mail or voice mail are good in a pinch).
- Use 3x5 cards to write "You're special because…" statements. People can collect the cards and refer to
them when things aren't going perfectly.
- Give special assignments to people who show initiative.
- Arrange for your team to present the results of its efforts to upper management.
- Encourage and recognize those who pursue continuing education.
- Create and post a recognition award in reception area.
- Give high‐contributing people an occasional extra long lunch break.
- Establish a place to display memos, posters, photos and so on, recognizing progress towards goals and
thanking individuals for their help.
- Establish a "Behind the Scenes" award specifically for those whose actions are not usually in the limelight.
- Present "State of the Department" reports periodically to the unit acknowledging the work and
contributions of individuals and teams.
- Name a continuing recognition award after an outstanding retiree.
- Include a high‐performing individual in a "special" (high‐level) meeting.
- Allow others to attend meetings in your place when you are not available.
- Create an Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Award.
- Ask your boss to attend a meeting with your staff during which you thank individuals and groups
for their specific contributions.
- Pop in at the first meeting of a special project team and express your appreciation for their involvement.
- Send a letter to all team members at the conclusion of a project, thanking them for their participation.
- Find ways to reward department‐specific performance.
- Call someone to your office to just thank them (don't discuss any other issue).
- If you have a department newsletter, publish a "kudos" column and ask for nominations throughout the department.
- Acknowledge individual achievements by using names in status reports.
- Express an interest in the career development goals of others.
- Post a large "celebration calendar" in your work area. Tack on notes of recognition to specific dates.
- Create and string a banner across the work area.
- Practice positive nonverbal behaviors that demonstrate appreciation, such as smiles, or a handshake.
- Support "flex‐friendly" schedules when work flow and service needs allow.
- Encourage people to identify specific areas of interest in job‐related skills. Then arrange for them to spend a day with an inhouse
"expert" to learn more about the topic.
- Share verbal accolades – forward positive voice mail messages.
- Actively listen to co‐workers, especially when discussing their accomplishments and contributions.
- Keep a supply of appropriately funny notes that can be given as immediate rewards. Keep the supply visible – in a basket or
box in your office.
- Widely publicize suggestions used and their positive impact on your department.
- When someone has spent long hours at work, send a letter of thanks to his/her home.
- Arrange for an outstanding contributor to have lunch with a dean or director.
- Allow people to choose their next assignment.
- Recognize a team accomplishment by designating that team as consultants to other teams.
- Recognize those committed to personal health and wellness.
- Smile. It's contagious.