Summer Recognition Idea

Your team has been working hard to meet a deadline. How do you celebrate success?

A favorite form of employee recognition, across the generational divide, is time off. Time off is even more valued during the summer months. So here are a few ideas:

  • Host a Friday lunchtime BBQ and then give your team the afternoon off. Do this twice if you need to keep some people working.
  • Give out “Summer Escape” cards, for 1-, 2-, or 4-hour increments. It’s okay to set a limit for how many can be used at any one time.
  • One to one, tell a star performer, that s/he needs to take an extra long lunch on you. Provide a gift card as well.
  • Set a high achiever up with a “work from home day” with a project that can be completed in 4-6 hours. Expect results rather than a time accounting.
  • Give a full day off for people to volunteer for their favorite community projects.

You probably don’t have authority to do all of these, but you can probably offer at least one. In doing so you will increase team loyalty and productivity over the long-term.

 Copyright 2008 Cindy Ventrice

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2 Responses to “Summer Recognition Idea”


  1. 1 Jacqueline Smith June 19, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    These summer suggestions are great ideas. It is quarter end and everyone is working like mad… it is a great motivator to have a planned event on the horizon to get everyone’s enthusiasm going. With gas prices this high, allowing [or even encouraging virtual work, hoteling or work at a home office] is a HUGE employee benefit. I hope more corporations enact it as a policy. It is a great way to retain and attract superstars who always need “creative” time – jcs


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My name is Cindy Ventrice. I am the author of the best-selling book Make Their Day! Employee Recognition That Works and the companion guide Recognition Strategies That Work.

My work has been quoted in The New York Times, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Workforce Magazine, and Tim Sanders' book The Likeability Factor.


Visit my website www.maketheirday.com today!


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