This week is a time set-aside to honor the thousands of dedicated individuals who make up the State’s workforce, and make a difference in the well-being of nearly 10 million Georgians, every day.
Agencies across the state are planning activities to show appreciation to their employees for their contributions to public service and to recognize the achievements of state employees in the workplace and in our communities.
The Georgia Department of Administrative Services has provided the following recognition ideas to assist state agencies and agencies and agency managers. Take a look and see what you can do at your office to mark the occasion and make the most out of SERW.
State Employee Appreciation Day is May 4, 2016
It’s time to show your employees how much you appreciate their service to Georgia. Anyone can recognize their fellow co-workers and employees, and it doesn’t have to cost much or anything at all.
Here are some low cost, no cost recognition ideas:
- Thank your employees/coworkers (Personal hand-written notes, Email that can be saved and forwarded, or a verbal “Great Job!” or simple “Thank you!”)
- Send e-mails to supervisors recognizing their employee (copy the employee)
- Keep a box of blank cards or cards for different occasions in your desk
- Establish “Extra Mile” Awards, “Applause” Awards, etc. Give creative superlatives or titles like, Best Phone Voice, Guru of Graphs, Team MVP
- Recognize birthdays and service anniversaries
- Give spontaneous high fives or fist bumps
- Donate goods or services to give as prizes
- Coordinate an after-work get-together
- Bring in homemade or store-bought goodies or organize a potluck to recognize a team’s hard work
- Put employees’ pictures on a bulletin board, or include an article about them in agency newsletters, intranet or internet sites
- Recognize employees demonstrating the agency’s values
- Recognize community service and volunteer work
- Reserve a special parking spot for a deserving employee
- Tie-in teambuilding activities to recognition
- Send reminders to employees to recognize each other
- Award coupons to dress casually
- Create an employee recognition suggestion box
- Announce activities across your organization – not just by section or location
- During team meetings, have members share one thing they value about each team member
- Give a deserving employee a challenging assignment they requested
- Consider opportunities for rotational assignments and job shadowing
- Create computer-generated recognition forms/certificates, signed by senior leader
- Share compliments from the public with an employee and put a copy in their personnel file
- Hold a recognition breakfast, lunch, ice cream party or pizza party. Have supervisors and managers set up, serve, and clean up
- Hold drawings for restaurant, books or music store and movie ticket gift cards
- Award a “traveling trophy” that is given to a different employee each year
- Invite a local dignitary or motivational speaker for an event at the office
- Invite your customers to visit your offices for an after-work drop in to get to know each other better
Recognition is a powerful motivator, and it contributes to higher employee morale, increases organizational productivity, and aids in recruitment and retention.