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Five Low-Cost Tips For Memorable Year End Employee Recognition

The holidays are an important time of year to express your appreciation for your team and their efforts, but you’re on a budget. Can you have a memorable recognition event without spending a lot of money? Absolutely! 

When it comes to employee recognition, making it sincere and personal is more important than having a lot of money to spend. Follow our five tips to memorable holiday employee recognition and motivate your team for the new year!

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1. Mention a Specific Accomplishment. Express your appreciation for a team or individual by talking about a certain time they exceeded expectations on a project or made a big cost savings change. Talking about a specific accomplishment is more impactful than giving a generic “good job.”

2. Put It On Paper. A handwritten note of praise and thanks has long-lasting staying power. Employees will save your note as a valuable memento, so take time at the end of the year to write a letter, holiday greeting card, or note card to each member of your team. Congratulate them on a successful year and their many contributions.  

3. Talk About the Person. In addition to praising your employees for their accomplishments, recognize the unique attributes they bring to the team. Do you have a teammate whose upbeat attitude keeps everyone smiling? Is there an analyst on your team who provides mind-bending insight into your data? Recognize the individual characteristics that make your team successful with award certificates.

4. Give One-on-One Time. Take time at the end of the year to meet with the members of your team for a recap. Separate from the scheduled performance review, use this opportunity to thank your employee and provide coaching for another successful year. 

5. Celebrate Together. You worked hard all year, now celebrate! Have fun together as a team by playing a game, hosting a potluck, or having a gift exchange. Team events during the holidays build camaraderie and loyalty. 

Follow these tips and your employees will feel valued, appreciated, and committed to another year of success on your team!

Quick Tips
Make a big impact on your staff during the holidays without spending a lot with our low-cost recognition ideas.
 Send a Greeting Card. Surprise your team by sending a holiday greeting card to their home. Add a personal note to make the card memorable. 
• Make a Homemade Gift. Treat your team to homemade cookies or snacks. Package the treats in decorative cellophane bags and add a gift tag. 
• Present Award Certificates. Recognize your employees’ contributions with personalized  award certificates. Create a unique award title for each recipient with our Sample Award Certificate Titles.



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