Honoring Your Employee’s Contribution

Tips for Managers/Supervisors

Managers/supervisors play a pivotal role in honoring the contributions of employees, including recognizing their years of service to the University of Missouri.

In considering how to honor your employee’s service in a way that they will feel is meaningful consider:

How would the employee want to be recognized?  Private or public recognition?

  • Public recognition, while not for everyone, can accomplish a lot. Public recognition can be more meaningful for certain employees. 
  • Some prefer to be recognized without the public glory. Be careful to acknowledge your staff in the right way.

Realizing that employees want to be recognized in various ways, we are providing tips and suggestions to assist you in making the recognition special.

Tip/Suggestion

Private
Recognition

Public Recognition

Recognize as close to his/her anniversary date as possible

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Send a handwritten thank you. It will have a greater impact than an email.

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Encourage others to recognize with a handwritten note

 

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Treat employee to lunch with you

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Treat employee to lunch with you and other staff

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Present a rose or other personal favorite to the employee for each year of employment

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Informal party – social employees will jump at the chance to hang out with his/her fellow workers.

 

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Provide time for personal wellness

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Call your staff member to your office to thank him/her and recognition statements that are genuine and meaningful (don’t discuss any other issue)

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Extend his/her lunch break; treat him/her to lunch

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Recognize employee with others colleagues around

 

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Don’t make him/her stand up or be in front of a group        

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Have employee come to front of room for recognition

 

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Informal party – social employees will jump at the chance to hang out with his/her fellow workers.

 

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Give him/her time to use myLEARN for personal and professional development

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During a staff meeting – make room on the agenda for recognition. Present certificate in front of his/her peers and give genuine and meaning statements.

 

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Flex the employee’s hours for a day or a week

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Ask someone to cover the employee’s phones for an hour or two

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Get your team/staff and colleagues involved in the recognition. Consider including family and friends.

 

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Host a potluck or covered dish lunch in his/her honor

 

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Deliver a bouquet of flowers, balloons, cookies or another treat on the anniversary date

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Arrange an opportunity to stand on the sidelines at a sporting event

 

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Mentoring session with honoree around anniversary date
(personally or with another top performer)

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Reviewed 2012-05-25.