Recognize the Unexpected

All companies have reasons to celebrate and employees to recognize at the end of the year. There are many reasons to give employee recognition awards including increased morale, employee retention, team loyalty and more. Check out our 7 Spectacular Reasons to Celebrate Employee Achievements.

While typical employee recognition programs award high sales or exceeding company goals, this often means only certain departments or employees have an opportunity to participate in the programs. As you plan your 2018 employee recognition awards programs we encourage you to look outside of the traditional recognition parameters to award individuals for reasons that may not be expected. Also, celebrating employee recognition awards throughout the year helps to engage employees and gives them a chance for fun!

We’ve put together a list of our of the box recognition ideas that can be applied across the entire company!

Check out our top Unexpected Employee Recognition Awards:

1. Covering for Vacations
When someone is out of the office, other employees have to double up on workload and get it all finished on time. Covering your own job and someone else’s is not an easy task and results in twice as much correspondence and responsibilities. Recognize that extra effort!

2. Accepting Extra Shifts
When organizations are stretched and short staffed, employees who volunteer for extra shifts should be rewarded. Many organizations are reducing burn out with simple employee recognition awards and thanks.

3. Assisting on a Project
How often do you start a project only to realize there is no way to meet a deadline without additional help? When employees volunteer to pitch in and help out, they should be recognized and rewarded. Recognizing the effort and thanking team members will make it much more likely for you to count on their teamwork again in the future.

4. Providing Cost Savings
Employees have great feedback and ideas for their companies that the executive team may not have thought of. Why not recognize and award employees with ideas that help to reduce costs or make the work place greener.

5. Taking the Lead
When someone steps up and takes charge of a project, and then goes above and beyond to complete the task, recognize and reward them. Go-getters and proactive behavior should get special recognition awards. Their passion to take on a project from start to finish, despite the extra work load it means, will ensure that the effort was worthwhile and meaningful.

6. Preventing an Accident
Safety in the workplace is a major concern, and when employees help to make things safer, often recognition awards are involved. You can recognize and award employees for pointing out unsafe conditions, reporting near misses, proposing corrective action and more. Employees can prevent injuries and even fatalities by reporting and eliminating unsafe situations.

Whether you’re looking to plan some out-of-the-box employee recognition awards or want a more straight forward approach to your program, we have the experience to make your team feel appreciated. Let’s talk about your recognition program!