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Three Steps to Start a Day-to-Day Recognition Program

Starting a recognition program sounds more intimidating than it is in reality. If you’ve ever written a thank you note to an employee or given birthday cards to your team, you already have experience starting a recognition program.

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Practicing day-to-day recognition can have many benefits for your team. Regular recognition is affordable for organizations of all sizes and easily fits into any manager’s schedule. Day-to-day recognition programs are centered on recognition that is immediate, sincere, personal and meaningful and is often expressed through verbal praise or handwritten notes.

Follow these three easy steps to start your day-to-day recognition program and begin improving employee engagement, morale and motivation in your team!

Step 1: What to recognize
For your recognition to make an impact, it needs to reinforce behaviors that support your organization’s goals or values. Review your goals and identify what employee behaviors can contribute to achieving those goals. For example, if one of your goals is customer service, behaviors like correcting a customer problem or receiving positive customer feedback should be rewarded. Take the time to explain to your employees what you will be recognizing so they can strive to receive recognition. 

Step 2: How to recognize
Ask your employees how they prefer to be recognized. They may ask for gift cards, time off, or special events as a team. Whatever the method of recognition you choose, be sure employees know how they earned the recognition. We recommend giving a handwritten note. In the note, you can write details about the great service they gave a customer or praise the way they helped out a teammate. Keep your recognition tools easily visible and within reach. Having your tools handy will serve as a reminder to recognize your employees!

Step 3: Start recognizing!
Now you’re ready to start recognizing! While your day-to-day recognition program is still new, you may need to make a conscious effort to look for recognition opportunities. Take some time every day to look at the activity happening in your team around you. Then start handing out the praise! Personally deliver your notes of recognition and rewards to employees for a bigger motivational impact.

Quick Tips
Keep recognition front of mind and a regular part of your routine with these helpful hints!

? Use a calendar with reminders to recognize, like our daily recognition calendar.
? Schedule time every day to give recognition.
? Keep recognition front-of-mind with a desk-friendly system, like a Cheers Kit.
? Ask a peer or mentor to keep you accountable to your goal to give recognition.
? Keep small recognition tools, like Pocket Praise or reward coins, in your pockets to hand out on-the-spot.

Best Practices

A couple customers share how the Cheers Kit and Caboodle help to make day-to-day recognition easier for them and their staff.


“I sometimes struggle with day-to-day recognition. The Caboodle allows me to have instant recognition at my fingertips! I love having small notes of appreciation right there.”
Kim, Department Manager, Quincy, IL

“I use these to let my staff members know that I appreciate their efforts and notice when they go above and beyond, or to encourage them when work gets stressful. There is just enough space to write a quick message, meaning that I don't get bogged down writing the "perfect" thank you!”
AC, South Carolina


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