Employee recognition is a tool that reinforces and rewards the most important outcomes people create for the workplace. When employees are recognized effectively, it reinforces the actions and behaviors you most want to see repeated.

Effective employee recognition is simple, immediate, and powerfully reinforcing. Recognition is most effective when it takes place on a regular basis and in a variety of different ways it can be given in many ways through a sincere thank you, giving praise, providing opportunity, or showing respect.

Ongoing, meaningful rewards and recognition provide an effective way of raising morale and encouraging higher levels of performance.

Take Action

  • Hand written Thank You note
  • Call people by name and say 'Good Morning'
  • Let employees know what they did right in a timely manner
  • Say 'Thank You'
  • Letter of praise in personnel file
  • Listen, get to know each other
  • Certificates or Recognition
  • Edible thank you’s


  • Monthly Length of Service Certificates & Pins
  • Public Service Recognition Week held the first week in May