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7 Employee Appreciation Ideas to Recognize Your Team

7 Employee Appreciation Ideas to Recognize Your Team

Your employees have put in a lot of time into company projects, and you’d like to reward them for their excellent work. You begin to brainstorm ideas to recognize your employees, but you’re not exactly sure what will truly communicate your appreciation. There are tons of options out there, but it can be tough to narrow down the list to a select few. 

At Pinnacle Promotions, we’ve helped hundreds of companies select the perfect employee appreciation gifts to help managers recognize their team and team members for their hard work and successes. Here are seven of our favorite employee appreciation ideas to spotlight your team:

  1. Host a quarterly event 

    Annual award seminars are pretty common in organizations, but since they only happen once a year and typically recognize just a small group, your employees may feel left out from all of the work they’ve put in over the past 12 months. 

    Instead, host a quarterly award recognition event for your department that highlights a team member for their accomplishments. You can opt for something traditional like an “employee of the quarter” award, or you might consider going bold and creative with a “superstar award.” Whether it’s surprising your employee with an achievement ribbon or presenting them with a custom recognition award, it sure will make your employees feel appreciated for doing a great job.

  2. Give a shout-out on social media

    Don’t keep employee acknowledgment to just in-house. If your team member is comfortable with a shout-out on the company’s social media pages, go ahead and give them one! A simple “Congratulations!” accompanied by the employee’s name, job title, a brief explanation as to why they were selected, and a photograph should suffice. 

    As a courtesy, you might want to get your employee’s permission before uploading his or her company headshot. If you want to take a new photo or have your employee provide a personal one from home, make sure you give them a heads-up on when the picture will be taken or when you need the photo by.

  3. Pass out swag items

    Swag is a common employee appreciation gift, but it all comes down to the swag items you choose that make a great reward. Branded corporate apparel, such as high-quality jackets, polos, and dress shirts, can make your employees feel special. 

    If you’re on the hunt for unique non-clothing ideas, drinkware – like custom wine glasses and engraved beer mugs – will also show your employees that you’ve noticed how hard they’ve been working and appreciate their commitment to resolving issues and completing assignments.

  4. Celebrate birthdays

    Some employees don’t like to make their birthday a huge deal around the office. If those employees still want to celebrate, a one-on-one lunch outing is an ideal way to recognize them (in a way that’s more comfortable for them). An employee-boss lunch trip can make an employee feel appreciated on their birthday. 

    Special treats like cupcakes and brownies are always a good choice for team-inclusion birthday celebrations. Before you order food for the party, make sure you ask your team about any dietary restrictions and food allergies.

  5. Recognize work anniversaries

    Employee engagement and recognition is a great way for companies to promote retention. According to Psychometrics, 58% of employees say recognition is how leaders can improve employee engagement. 

    There’s an opportunity for recognition when it comes to anniversaries and tenure. Gifting a promotional reward for the number of years they’ve been at the company is an excellent way to say thanks. For example, provide a free lunch for all employees celebrating their first anniversary. Reward those who’ve been with the company longer with a custom jacket that they can wear both in and out of the office.

  6. Schedule a pet day at work

    If it’s not against company policy, scheduling a day that allows an employee to bring in his or her pet into the office is a great way to boost morale. Even if it’s just for a couple of hours, allowing a recognized employee to bring their fur-baby into work will be worth it. Afterward, let them finish up the remainder of the workday at home. Your employees will love that, too!

  7. Write a “thank you” note

    Sometimes, a simple handwritten “thank you” note is all it takes for employees to feel appreciated. Giving a thank you card is a tangible reminder that their hard work has been acknowledged. Don’t forget to add a few sentences about what you’re thanking them for, and how it helped achieve a team goal. 

Why employee appreciation is so important

Employees who feel recognized and appreciated for their work successes in the company are more likely to stay at their current place of employment. Bersin by Deloitte found that companies with recognition programs that are highly effective at improving employee engagement have less voluntary turnover rate. With a reward program in place, employees will feel like their work is making a difference – that can make a big impact on team morale, confidence, and more!  

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Are you doing it right? 5 Keys to Gifting

Are you doing it right? 5 Keys to Gifting

This is the time of year that our thoughts turn to gifting. Gifting can mean many things for businesses: either holiday gifts to customers that have done business within the past year, or gifting to recognize employee year-end achievements. Companies are starting to look at purposeful, appropriate gifts for the audience and for the season.

Recognition vs. Year End

Gifting at this time of year falls into two main categories: Recognition and Year-End. Recognition gifting is usually based on merit awards or department/company profitability. Year-end gifting is that gift which is given to employees or customers to thank them for service or loyalty throughout the year. You need to start at the beginning and decide exactly what type of gifting you will be doing this season. And if you are like most people, our guess is that you will be doing both!


The change of seasons affects the type of gifts you might be giving this time of year. It is time to update company uniforms, anyway. You may have already begun the switch from short-sleeved, pastel polo shirts to heather-colored henleys. You may have begun the switch from windbreaker to fleece-lined zippered jacket.

When gift giving, you can use this change in apparel to express your appreciation. This Melange Fleece Jacket is a great seasonal piece that won’t break the bank and makes a functional, attractive vehicle for your logo.

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This one might seem obvious, but it is easy to miss the mark on providing relevant gifts for your employees and customers. Your high-travel sales team might not appreciate a tower of chocolate goodies as much as a quality garment bag or travel document holder/wallet. The chocolate tower might be perfect for the supporting office personnel.


The season of awards and gifting can be an expensive one. Not because of the item itself necessarily, but because this is the time of year you are giving in volume. But, don’t let price influence you to not make the best decision possible. You can provide larger quantities of gifts without having to over-extend yourself. Gift for the home or desk accessories are always a nice treat. Our Corporate Gifts category offers a variety of options across several price points. And don’t forget, gifts given in trade or businesses are tax deductible in part or whole.

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Make the right impression™

Lastly, this is the gifting opportunity to help you make the right impression. You might be sending a gift to a customer who only orders from you once a year, and you want to use this gift to encourage repeat and increased business. You might be rewarding that employee who hit their sales goals for the first time ever, and this gift will help you reinforce a spirit of success. Either way, you can make the right impression with your gift initially and then get residual value from that gift all year long based on its usability and visibility in the life of the recipient.

However you plan to gift this year now is the time to start thinking about it. Your budget should include the actual gift, packaging and presentation, and fulfillment (packaging labor, shipping costs, etc.). Take a look at some good-better-best options. And, if you weren’t already thinking about gifting for recognition or year-end…maybe you should.

Tell us: What is one of the favorite year-end gifts you have ever received? What is one of the worst?

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Megan’s Product Pick of the Week: Fashionable Office Cardigans

If you work in an office that is anything like mine, you are freezing with out a sweater or blazer. Even though it is pushing 98 degrees outdoors, I find myself dreaming about cozy sweaters, layering and fall (to help me cope with the a/c chill). I have collected some of my favorite cover-ups that are office appropriate. These styles can up your cool quotient and keep you warm at your second home.

The Bella Unisex Triblend Cardigan: This cover-up can work for both sexes. Made from a poly/cotton/rayon blend, the knit is soft and cozy. Think of this as a t-shirt that has fashioned into a cardigan! I recommend embroidery on the chest.

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Get your heart-shaped promotional products ready!

Ahhh, love.

Can you feel it in the air?

It’s unavoidable today at Pinnacle Promotions. And I mean that in the best possible way.

Our mailboxes are overflowing with Valentine’s Day wishes, sweets and chocolaty goodies.

Oh, and I do mean mailboxes. Not our inboxes. But the good ol’ fashioned type. Our fabulous bringer of cheer, Deidre, fancied up mailboxes akin to those used in elementary schools across the nation every February. Just the perfect size to hold an abundance of happiness in candy and Valentine card form.

As you can probably tell from the Fun Stuff section of our website, as well as all of our Facebook shenanigans, we here at Pinnacle love to have a good time. No matter how big, or how small, we can make a party revolve around just about anything. While the immediate satisfaction you receive from a fun-size candy bar may only last a minute or two, the impact of this small gesture lasts.

Keeping the atmosphere of your office energized and positive can often be challenging. The hustle and bustle of the workweek can at times be stressful and even disheartening for your employees. Keeping the attitudes on the up and up your workplace should always be an “A” priority on your ever-growing list of to-dos.

Consider implementing an awards program or distributing promotional products to your team on a regular basis. Even the smallest gesture can make a difference. We all know that smiles are contagious. Whenever you get a chance to make someone’s day a little better – just a little bit more positive – you not only spread the positive energy, but your efforts can actually be life changing.

Now I’m not saying you have to exchange store bought Valentines to do this. A simple “thank you” for a job well done will often do the trick. Just remember to keep it up. Spread the love at Valentine’s Day and throughout the year. You’ll help make the world (or at least your office) a brighter place.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Marketing Coordinator

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