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What are Employee-Of-The-Month recognition ideas & guidelines that work?


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Christie Jahn
Title: CFO
Company: Prime Investments & Development
(CFO, Prime Investments & Development) |

You could take them to lunch, give them a gift card, if it's a retail setting have the manager of the location do something special; lunch for the store for example. Set a budget and you can pretty much do anything. People love being recognized even something small would be appreciated.

Sara Voight
Title: Controller
Company: Critical Signal Technologies, Inc
(Controller, Critical Signal Technologies, Inc) |

The guidelines you use should be important for the company and division being selected. Someone in HR won't be able to meet the same base requirements as someone in Retail, IT, Finance, Sales, etc. You don't want the recognition to become too focused one area of the company.

For the team/department:
A bell in a central area that gets rung when:
- Sales closes a deal for greater than $XX.
- Finance completes a major audit with no findings.
- Operations identifies cost savings of $XX.
- You get the idea. Everyone has the ability to announce their success, and everyone else in the company is expected to show up and recognize the accomplishment.

For individual recognition:
I always liked the idea of a gift card, public mention (plaque, email, newsletter, etc) and a lunch for the employee, their boss, the CEO/CFO/President (someone with significant impact) and one or two colleagues who have helped that person 'win.' This promotes a friendly competition without losing site of teamwork. People now know that they get a real reward, and colleagues understand that their help might get them included in this lunch.

(Agent, JKS Solutions, Inc.) |

-Reserved Parking Space
-Free month of parking
-Free month's bus pass
-Free tank of gas.
-Gift card for free gas.
-Gift card for free groceries.

Topic Expert
Regis Quirin
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
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(Director of Finance, Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP) |

Probably the most appreciated gssture that I have seen is a one on one lunch with the President or CEO...and of course company wide recognition of being the "Employee of the Month." Usually this win is more for recognition than monetary gain.

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