Employee Recognition

Recognizing employees through various recognition programs is a fantastic investment. Being appreciated is a basic human feeling and reaps great rewards. Praise and recognition are essential to an outstanding workplace and its employees.

Through our Employee Recognition workshop your participants will recognize the value of implementing even the smallest of plans. The cost of employee recognition is very minimal in relation to the benefits that will be experienced. Employee recognition programs have been shown to increase productivity, employee loyalty, and increased safety.

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Assess the type of Employee Recognition Program(s) your company needs
  • Train leadership to recognize their employees
  • Know when and where recognition is needed
  • Construct a culture of recognition
  • Maintain an effective Employee Recognition Program

Course Outline:

Module One: Getting Started

Housekeeping Items

The Parking Lot

Workshop Objectives

Action Plans Form

Evaluation Form

Module Two: The Many Types of Recognition Programs 

Safety Incentives

Years of Service


Attendance & Wellness Incentives

Case Study

Module Two: Review Questions

Module Three: Designing Employee Recognition Programs



Keep It Simple

Employee Involvement

Case Study

Module Four: How to Get the Buzz Out About Your Program

Be Creative with Logos, Themes, Designs

Paper The Walls, Post Fliers, Announcements and etc…

Use Social Media

Go Mobile! (Employee Appreciation Mobile App)

Case Study

Module Four: Review Questions

Module Five: It Starts From The Top!  Training Your Management Team

Identifying Desirable Behaviors

Understanding the Goals of the Company

Setting Guidelines

Providing Go-To Recognition Templates

Case Study

Module Five: Review Questions


Module Six: Creating A Culture Of Recognition

Keep Your Staff “In The Know”

Empower Employees with Peer To Peer Recognition

Team Building: Encourage Camaraderie

Motivate By Promoting Fun

Case Study

Module Six: Review Questions    

Module Seven: The Best Things In Life Are Free!

Put A Spotlight On Employees In Staff Meetings

Write It Down: Putting Your Appreciation in Writing

Display Your Appreciation (Wall of Fame)

Make Work More Comfortable (Better Parking Space, Or Maybe A Casual Clothing Day)

Case Study

Module Seven: Review Questions

Module Eight: A Small Gesture Goes a Long Way

Have a Party (Bring Ice Cream, Lunch, Breakfast for the Team)

Make a Game of It (Raffle or Some Kind of Game to Get Prizes)

Reward with Small Gifts

Give them a Break (Longer Lunch, Paid Lunch, or PTO)

Case Study

Module Nine: Pulling Out the Red Carpet

Have an Awards Ceremony

Win Large Items


Career Advancement

Case Study

Module Nine: Review Questions

Module Ten: The Don’ts Ff Employee Recognition

Don’t Let Formal Recognition Supplant The Informal Kind.

Don’t Let It Become Stale

Don’t Let It Become A Popularity Contest.

Make Sure the Prize Is Motivational

Case Study

Module Ten: Review Questions

Module Eleven: Maintaining Employee Recognition Programs

Change the Membership

Include Explanation of the Program in Your New Employee Orientation

Keep Marketing!

Annual Awards Ceremonies

Case Study

Module Eleven: Review Questions

Module Twelve: Wrapping Up

Words from the Wise

Review of Parking Lot

Lessons Learned

Completion of Action Plans and Evaluations

Recommended Reading