10 Ways to Show Appreciation to Employees

You can tell your colleagues, co-workers, and employees how much you value them and their contribution any day of the year. Trust me. No occasion is necessary. In fact, small surprises and tokens of your appreciation spread throughout the year help the people in your work life feel valued by you all year long. 

Here are ten ways to show your appreciation to employees and co-workers. Why don’t you go ahead and make their day?

Praise something your co-worker has done well

Identify the specific actions that you found admirable. This praise feels sincere since you took the time to spell out the details – not just, “You did a good job.” You also emphasize the actions that you’d like to see the employee do more often and everybody benefits when people experience clear direction.

Say thank you

Show your appreciation for their hard work and contributions. And, don’t forget to say please often as well. Social niceties do belong at work. A more gracious, polite, civilized workplace is appreciated by all.

Ask your co-workers about their important interest

Questions and acknowledgments about their family, their hobby, their weekend or a special event they attended are always welcome. Your genuine interest – as opposed to being nosey – causes people to feel valued and cared about.

Offer staff members flexible scheduling for the holidays

If work coverage is critical, post a calendar so people can balance their time off with that of their co-workers. Note that a flexible work schedule is a benefit that employees desire all of the time.

Present a personalized gift

Know our co-workers’ interests well enough to present a small gift occasionally. An appreciated gift and the gesture of providing it will light up your co-workers’ day. A greeting card serves the same purpose. You can give a card for no reason at all, to celebrate a special day such as a birthday, or to offer sympathy.

If you can afford you, give staff members money

End of the year bonuses, attendance bonuses, quarterly bonuses and gift certificates say “thank you” quite nicely.

Almost everyone appreciate food

Take co-workers or staff to lunch for a birthday, a special occasion or for no reason at all. Let your guest pick the restaurant. Or, order pizza or lunch from a store that delivers. Schedules a brunch for a team that met its current goals and overdelivers on its promised timeline.

Create a fun tradition for a seasonal holiday

Organize a pumpkin carving contest during Halloween. Draw names for Secret Santa gift exchange. Organize a gift grab for Christmas. You get the gist.

Treat staff member

Bring in bagels, doughnuts or another treat for staff and co-workers. Goodies like cookies or cupcakes, particularly anything that you’ve baked personally, are a huge hit. Another hit? Bring chocolate – chocolate anything.

End of the year bonuses, attendance bonuses, quarterly bonuses and gift certificates say “thank you” quite nicely.

Finally, provide opportunity

People want chances for training and cross-training. They want to participate on a special committee where their talents are noticed. They like to attend professional association meetings and represent your organization at events. Spread the wealth of opportunity to all employees. They will genuinely appreciate the opportunities.


Employee appreciation is never out-of-place. In fact, many organizations, it’s often a scare commodity. Make your workplace the exception. Use every opportunity to demonstrate your gratitude and appreciation to employees.


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