Low Cost Recognition Ideas

It seems that we can never get enough ideas on how to improve the ways that we reward and recognize our employees. With that thought in mind, we have assembled almost 150 of a wide variety of the many terrific ideas submitted by attendees of Bob Nelson's public seminars. We hope that some of these free resources will help you reach your own goals.

  • Casual day.
  • "All Hands on Deck Meeting": Quarterly meetings with award presentations. Managers Club Award: Voted on by employees.
  • Top sales award.
  • Top volunteers award.
  • Take time for spontaneous peer recognition.
  • Group get togethers (tickets to Orioles game and lunch at Camden Club).
  • Rent out movie theater.
  • Gift of $50 or less, but very personal in nature.
  • Flying in an employee's spouse when the employee has to be out of town for an extended period of time.
  • Treating people as professionals.
  • ZAPP Awards embracing empowerment philosophy (peer to peer, peer to management, etc.) within the following categories: Bright ideas, customer focus, gold star, and more.
  • Empowerment training taught by company president: Teaches employees that they have the belief, ability, and opportunity to change & improve their own environment.
  • Yearly awards named after commendable employees who have retired. Given to current employee who exemplifies similar characteristics.
  • Extra lunch time.
  • Rewards for good deeds.
  • A simple "thank you."
  • "Hall of Fame": Display employee awards and certificates on company's "Hall of Fame."
  • Result Incentive Awards: Bonuses based on goals (such as safety); tied to group and individual incentives.
  • Movie tickets.
  • Peer Award: Team member to team member.

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