Employee Appreciation Day Ideas

Employee Appreciation Day – Friday, March 3rd –  is fast approaching.

At MTM, we know the importance of making sure employees feel appreciated and respected. In fact, studies show that feeling appreciated by your employer contributes to increased productivity, higher job satisfaction, and lower employee turnover.

As a recognition provider, celebrating our employees is in our DNA. However, for many companies, it can be difficult to balance schedules and budgets to properly show appreciation for valued staff.

How will you recognize your employees on Employee Appreciation Day?

Here are 10 clever ideas to help you recognize and appreciate your employees!

Thank You Note On Desk

1) Have each manager write thank you notes for his/her direct reports

  • While such a small gesture, taking the time to express gratitude in the form of a personal card is a wonderful way to appreciate your employees. No matter what their language of recognition a handwritten card will make them feel valued.

Check out this article on how to identify your employee’s recognition language.

2) Give out snacks with clever messages to show employees you care

  • Simply gather the snacks and add a corresponding note!

7 employee appreciation day ideas

3) Host a breakfast buffet cooked and served by the executives

  • This is an idea out of our personal playbook here at MTM. Every year during Employee Appreciation week, we like to host a big breakfast for our employees. We even take it a step further – our senior leaders are also the cooks and servers! It’s a unique and fun way for our executives to thank employees for all of the hard work they do.

4) Design company t-shirts or jackets for your staff

  • Most employees are proud of where they work and want to show it. Offering a company t-shirt, jacket or cap with your company’s branding, is a great way to connect with your employees.  It not only helps your employees to feel appreciated, but it provides them with a sense of inclusion as a valuable member of the company. Plus, who doesn’t love to wear a fun new t-shirt on a casual Friday?

5) Host a company BBQ and invite your employees’ friends and families

  • Because Employee Appreciation Day is on a Friday, there are even more opportunities to show your gratitude for all that your staff does! End the day a few hours early with a company picnic or BBQ on Friday afternoon. Make it even more fun by asking your employees to invite their friends and family for an afternoon everyone will enjoy!

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6) Book a masseuse for the week and provide your employees free massages

  • Book a masseuse or two in the break room during Employee Appreciation week, and allow your employees the option to sign up for a free 15-minute massage throughout the week.

7) Have managers host and cook a fancy dinner held at one of their homes

  • Especially for smaller businesses, this is one way to not only thank your employees for all their work but to help build stronger relationships with your work family, too. There is something special about inviting others into your home to share a meal that will seal respect and camaraderie into your work relationships.

8) Implement a social recognition program to keep the recognition going all year long

  • At MTM, we know employee recognition shouldn’t happen just one day of the year. It is a commitment to value your employees all year long! Social recognition programs like MTM’s Carousel allow your employees to publicly share recognition with one another on an interactive online platform, sending fun badges and heartfelt messages to add to the recognition.

9) Say thank you with points

  • MTM’s Carousel offers small cards which can be handed out to your employees for any type of recognition. These cards have points values on the back that can be redeemed online for cool products and gift cards! Learn more about implementing a points card program here.

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10) Provide your employees with the afternoon off

  • On a Friday afternoon in spring, there’s not much that beats the feeling of leaving work early. For a simple, no-prep-required way to celebrate your employees, give them the afternoon off!

Fill today and every day with employee appreciation. Happy Employee Appreciation Day. If you have questions about how to improve your employee recognition program we’ll be happy to help.


We recently attended a seminar on the topics above presented by Bersin by Deloitte. Bersin by Deloitte is a leading provider of research-based membership programs and advisory services in the human resources, talent, and learning market. Our takeaways from this powerful seminar were too good not to share.

First, we must understand these three terms are not one in the same but rather they work together hand in hand to improve the health of an organization

So how do we define Culture and Engagement?

According to Josh Bersin

Culture: An implicit rewards system that defines how people act or what they do when no one is looking.


Engagement: The way people react to culture.  It should be measured on a regular basis, and it can help predict individual performance.

Creating a Positive Workplace Culture

What is the ROI of creating a positive culture?

A recent New York Times article demonstrates the ROI of positive workplace culture through this company’s example.  Aetna had a 60% turnover rate, and after its CEO decided to invest more into employee appreciation, it increased their profit by 1.5%.

Glass Door also reports that culture & leadership were 3X more important to employees than salary.

3 Tips to Consider When Evaluating Company Culture

Considering Millennials & a Culture of Collaboration

Research shows that millennials look for these characteristics in an organization: they want to give feedback, receive feedback, have opportunities for promotion and creativity and collaboration is very important to them.

What Do Millennials Want

Like millennials, many organizations value collaboration which is causing many companies to move from a hierarchical structure of leadership to more of a collaborative team-based approach.  Studies show that you spend more time with co-workers in your immediate proximity. Developing strong bonds between co-workers is linked to an increase in employee morale.

These team structures allow for more frequent feedback & recognition.

Corporate Responsibility & Goodwill

Bersin summed this up by saying “people want to work for a company who does good things.” Be an example of this to your employees by getting involved in charities and providing opportunities for them to volunteer. When you value giving as a part of your company culture, it connects employees to a mission and purpose. Companies like Salesforce do a great job at demonstrating a culture of goodwill.

There is a direct correlation between corporate responsibility and employee engagement. The engagement level is twice as high (54% vs. 25%) among those who say they are proud of contributions their organization has made to the community.

Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is an important factor to consider when evaluating the values of your company culture. The fact of the matter is we are working more not less. When we value work-life balance as an organization, it will keep employees from burning out and allows for higher productivity.

Why is work-life balance so important

An excellent example of a company who demonstrates this value in their company culture is GE. Fastworks is a GE program that combines a set of tools and practices that help to build better products for their customers, faster. The GE Fastworks program is going through a culture change where they are coaching their leaders to teach their employees to do less, giving them permission to do fewer meetings and other related tasks to be able to focus more on customers.

Quick tips on attempting to change your company culture

A principle at Deloitte, Sonny Chheng, says you should consider these main tips when working to change your company’s culture.

  1. Don’t try to change it all at once. Tackle one issue at a time and then move on to the next.
  2. Define your organization’s core values & behaviors, then translate them back into the work your employees do.

Ask yourself this question: How can I shape my culture to where our organization’s values are embedded in our everyday work processes?

Increasing Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement Stat

“Leaders in business and HR need to raise employee engagement from an HR program to a core business strategy.” Josh Bersin.

What is the ROI of successful engagement?

A Dale Carnegie study demonstrated 29% of workers who are fully engaged, do more in less time than their co-workers. This increase in productivity causes a ripple effect throughout the organization to greater customer satisfaction, repeat business and can result in higher profit.

Another stat from this same study showed 69% of disengaged employees would move to a new employer for as little as a 5% pay increase, whereas it would take a 20% increase in salary to attract an engaged employee.

Coming up with a successful employee engagement strategy can be tough. Josh Bersin created an employee engagement model to help simplify the process.

According to Bersin, many factors that contribute to healthy employee engagement are:

Josh Bersin Simple Engagement Model

Creating a Culture of Employee Engagement & Recognition

Science shows that when you thank someone it releases oxytocin, a hormone that makes people more relaxed, collaborative, and happy. This results in an increase in employee morale. The more people you thank, the greater effect it can have on your organization, thus, creating a culture of employee engagement and recognition.

What is the ROI of a great employee recognition program?

Bersin by Deloitte did a study on this topic and found that “high recognition companies” have 31% lower voluntary turnover than companies with poor recognition cultures. The higher scoring recognition companies built a culture of recognition through using tactics like social reward systems, providing frequent thank-you activities and appreciating all staff from top to bottom.

This study states that a key in developing a recognition culture is to:

“Create a social environment where recognition can flow from peer to peer, freeing managers from being the judge and jury of employee recognition.”

MTM Recognition Expert Mike Ketcherside says that another important factor to consider is to make sure the recognition you give is meaningful.

When recognition becomes engrained in your organization’s culture, it helps not only to increase employee morale but also can help to boost employee engagement.

We hope you gained some insight from reading this article. If you have ideas on these topics, please share them in the comments below.


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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, tried and true gifts for your sweetheart are popping up everywhere. Supermarket shelves are stocked with chocolates, balloons, and teddy bears. Restaurants take reservations for fancy dinners, and diamonds, gemstones, and jewels have become a tangible symbol of love and appreciation.

Jewelry is one of the most iconic forms of culture, not only as a token of love, but for many, as a symbol of recognition passed down through generations. Jewelry plays an important part in company culture as well, as one of the most popular gifts for service awards among companies. For hundreds of years, jewelry has been used as a symbol of prestige in the workplace, honoring those employees who have given many years of service or have gone above and beyond in their career. At MTM Recognition, we are no stranger to quality work, with over 45 years of experience providing beautifully handcrafted jewelry. Karen Brogran, MTM’s very own gemologist and resident diamond expert, has been in the business for 36 years. She is GIA certified – meaning that she has taken diamond and gemstone courses and received the certificates from the Gemological Institute of America. With a wide range of experience in everything from inventory to jewelry design to grading for diamonds, gemstones, and precious metals, she’s a wealth of knowledge on the subject.

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Interview with MTM’s Gemologist Karen Brogran

MTM: What are the most important factors when looking for diamonds/gemstones for MTM?

Karen: Our diamonds are all precise diameters, so not only do you make sure the the stone is in our quality (which includes clarity and color) range it must also be in our size range. This helps the stone setter when he or she is setting 3pt diamonds they can burr the piece with one tool and set the stones without any problems. Our diamond quality is determined so that our stones setters do not have a problem with breakage, also guaranteeing that with ordinary wear, our customers will not lose or break a diamond.

MTM: What part of your job do you find most challenging and most rewarding?

Karen: Being a gemologist, it relaxes me to grade diamonds. The most challenging is when we have big orders. I try to get the best diamonds for the best price, this helps both MTM and our customers.

MTM: Do you have a preferred or favorite stone to work with and why?

Karen: The colored stones that are offered are beautiful. My favorite is the blue topaz. It is available in 3 different shades and I previously had the opportunity to make a ring showing this effect. Still there is nothing like a diamond, especially a well cut one – the light will reflect off the stone and do nothing but dazzle you.

MTM: They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Would you say that diamonds are the most requested stone, or is there another?

Karen: That song just happens to be my ring tone! The precious and semi-precious colored stones are beautiful. Some people looking to get engaged are checking into various color stones for a unique look. This is all good and shows individuality, but eventually everyone comes back to diamonds. There is just nothing that will replace the look and feel when you own them. There is a lot of talk right now about synthetic diamonds taking a toll on the market. This was also said when they introduced all the various diamond simulants. But diamonds are still the ultimate stone and will probably remain so for years to come.


If you’re interested in sharing the love with your employees through the bling that only diamonds can bring, contact us at 877-MTM-RING (877-686-7464) for more info about our jewelry services or creating your own piece.


How to write an rfp

Author: MTM RFP Coordinator, Caleb Yen

When it comes to writing RFP’s, never forget the essentials.  

An RFP is a Request for Proposal- a document organizations send out to prospective bidders to acquire goods or services. Before beginning a significant project of any kind, it is essential to create one of these. A typical RFP consists of project information, a scope of work, pricing details, and lots of questions.
Although necessary, writing an RFP is tough. There is a ton of information to share, but it is important to not overwhelm your bidders. It’s fairly difficult to create a document that’s simultaneously both incredibly informative and simple to navigate, especially when countless other departments are sending email after email packed with information they feel needs to be included. Here are a few best practices to help clear your head and look at the basics.

RFP Best Practices to follow

1. Plan Ahead & Research

Before even putting pen to paper or finger to key, first, figure out what you’re trying to accomplish. Do some research. Talk with different department heads at your company or begin with a quick google search.

Determine your scope of work. Get a solid idea of what your options are. Pick one, and tell bidders exactly what you’re thinking of. State your expectations, and let bidders know about anything that could disqualify them.

Don’t overstress it. You’re probably not an expert, and there might be unforeseen hurdles with your scope of work. That’s okay. That’s what this entire RFP process is for- a way for you to get feedback on your project from multiple bidders. But these bidders have to have a framework to work from. Just let them know that alternate suggestions are acceptable.

2. What to include in an RFP

A successful RFP is a simple RFP. Don’t make your bidders dig or guess to determine what you want. Start off with a detailed table of contents and a short introductory section about your company, then get into what you want and need from bidders.  Include a section detailing your current situation and a section packed with clear and concise information concerning how you want the proposal to be sent. How many copies? Physical or digital? Email or upload?

Then include questions you want to be answered. Finish up with any forms you need to be filled out and any legal information you need to include.

Pro Tip: It’s also helpful to create a checklist of items that must be included with the final submission. That way you don’t have to worry about forgotten documents or missed information.

3. Common RFP Mistakes

Once you have the framework of your RFP constructed, you need to sprinkle it with details. Little things that, if neglected, can completely stall the RFP process for your bidders. For instance:

  • State if you want shipping to be included in the price or not. Include budgets or comparable items. Where do you want products shipped? A bidder cannot provide accurate, comparable pricing without this.
  • Include a project reference number. This ensures that you will get the correct proposals.
  • Clearly, state what your disqualifiers are. Bidders don’t want to read through an entire RFP response only to find out they don’t meet one of your base qualifications.
  • Tell bidders about your company or customer demographics. Are they mostly male? Female? How about age? Let bidders know about any interests particular to the end user as well.
  • Make sure all bidders understand the elements that will be included in your decision. Don’t ask many questions that don’t pertain to illuminating these specific elements.

So what’s the key to a successful RFP? Keep it simple. You don’t want to spend valuable time explaining vague phrasing or minuscule details. Focus on best practices and avoid packing the RFP with extraneous information.

Have any questions about RFP best practices?

If you have any questions about this blog or want to know how to get an RFP response, MTM would be happy to help. With over 44 years of experience in the employee recognition industry, we’ve answered more than our fair share of RFPs. We’ve also written countless RFPs of our own. Check us out at https://www.mtmrecognition.com/ and fill out our handy online contact form or call us by phone at (877) 686-7464.


The New Year brings a fresh outlook, new goals, and a renewed spirit. While we are resolving to lose those holiday pounds or start reading more, it’s important to not forget about making fresh work goals as well. MTM’s Carousel is a social recognition platform that offers tons of great options for recognizing and appreciating those in your workplace, but here are a few new ideas to revamp your site!


Utilize the home page widgets to add company pictures and embed videos

  • Keep your home page fresh and keep employees checking into the site by adding some fun to the home page! Try posting a few pictures from the company event last week, or highlight a particular employee/team on the homepage for added recognition!

Sponsor a local school or non-profit and create custom badges for donations and volunteering Recognize employees for doing good in the community

  • Badges are quick and easy to create so why not create a few fun badges to promote participation and donations? Raise money for your local elementary school by participating in the bake sale fundraiser and earn the cookie badge. Or possibly volunteer at your local animal shelter and receive a cute kitten badge!

Build a custom page embedded with surveys to conduct your own employee research

  • Create a survey to get a quick estimate of how many people are staying on campus for lunch or even use it as a communication tool for suggestions! Surveys can be changed as often as needed to gather feedback on various subjects.

Create a custom page of one fun holiday each month & create badges for participating

  • For a great way to spark work participation and have some fun pictures to show for it, create a list of non-traditional (and fun) holidays – like National Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17th)! Take pictures and give out badges on Carousel for the participants. Having fun in the workplace helps boost morale which creates a culture people want to show up for!

Create a Wellness program to help your employees achieve their New Year’s goals

  • Adding a wellness program to Carousel is fun and easy! Inspire participation by having employees send in ideas for what goals they would like to see on the badges and vote on which fun new badge to use for each goal. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day? Increasing your daily steps by 50%? Make some new badges to help your employees stay on track to being a healthier version of themselves. Add points to badges your organization really wants to drive results on, i.e.: yearly checkups or dental cleanings.

If you are interested in implementing one of these ideas for your Carousel program and would like assistance, contact us. We’re here to help!


2017 has sprung. This year, you probably have many goals you’re aiming to get accomplished within your organization. If you’re looking to improve your employee engagement programs through proven recognition strategies you can use this graphic to help aid you in the process.

Recognition Strategies to Boost Employee Engagement

4 proven recognition strategies

Happy 2017! If you have any questions or need help with your employee recognition strategy contact us and we’ll be happy to help.


Is it any wonder that bowl season comes during the most wonderful time of the year?

We love this season. It’s a great time with family, friends and watching football on the big screen.

Our team has the honor and privilege of manufacturing most of the college football bowl trophies. Making these championship trophies requires a lot of attention to detail and time. Our favorite part of this is seeing the faces of champions when they receive the awards they’ve worked so hard to get.

MTM Manufactured College Football Bowl Trophies on the Big Screen:


2016 Miami Beach Bowl Trophy

Dec. 17

Air Force Reserve Celebration, Noon on ABC

Las Vegas Bowl, 3:30 pm on ABC

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, 9 pm on ESPN

Dec. 19 Miami Beach Bowl, 2:30 pm on ESPN

Dec. 20 Boca Raton Bowl, 7 pm on ESPN

 Dec. 21 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, 9 pm on ESPN

Dec. 22 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 7 PM on ESPN

Dec. 23

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, 4:30 PM on ESPN

Dollar General Bowl, 8:00 PM on ESPN

Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl, 8 pm on ESPN

Dec. 26 Quick Lane Bowl, 2:30 PM on ESPN

Dec. 27

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, Noon on ESPN

Military Bowl, 3:30 PM on ESPN

National Funding Holiday, 7 PM on ESPN

Dec. 28

New Era Pinstripe Bowl, 2 PM on ESPN

Russell Athletic Bowl, 5:30 PM on ESPN

Foster Farms Bowl, 8:30 PM on FOX

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl, 9 PM on ESPN

Dec. 29

Valero Alamo Bowl, 9 PM on ESPN

Dec. 30

Franklin American Mortgage Music City, 3:30 PM on ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl, 8:00 PM on ESPN

Dec. 31

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus, 11 AM on ABC

TaxSlayer Bowl, 11 AM on ESPN

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, 3 PM on ESPN

Playstation Fiesta, 7 PM on ESPN

Jan. 2

Goodyear Cotton Bowl, 1 PM on ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl, 8:30 PM on ESPN

Jan. 9

CFP National Championship Bowl, 8:30 PM on ESPN

Download 2016 College Bowl Schedule

May the best team win! Congratulations to all teams that qualified for a Bowl game this year, which in itself is something to be celebrated! We celebrate your tireless efforts year round.




In the South, football isn’t just a sport. Football is as much a part of autumn as falling leaves and pumpkin pie. Fans don their lucky jerseys and college towns slow to a halt on game days. MTM Recognition has a special connection to this tradition through our partnership with the NCAA. Since the creation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, MTM has produced the Big 12 trophy for the conference’s championship winner every year. Yet our connection to the Big 12 goes deeper than just production. Not only has MTM built this iconic piece for over 20 years, but individuals at MTM worked together to create it, too.


The original Big 12 Championship trophy was designed by a combination of talented individuals from MTM’s own management, design, and production teams. Their task was set before them – to create something that would help the newly formed Big 12 stand apart from the other conferences. After a brainstorming session in CEO Roger Mashore’s office one afternoon, the idea was born. “I did concepts that we revised and finalized to create the first award. We worked with old school craftsmen in the Czech Republic to blow and cut the first bowls,” said MTM’s creative director, Jeff Weis. Consisting of a blue pearl granite base with the iconic glass bowl above, the Big 12 Championship trophy has become a symbol and goal for football players within the conference.


The original Big 12 trophy in 1996. Since then, there have been minor modifications to the logo and shape of the body, as well as material changes from blue pearl granite to black granite.
The original Big 12 trophy in 1996. Since then, there have been minor modifications to the logo and shape of the body, as well as material changes from blue pearl granite to black granite.

Thanks to MTM’s long-time partnership with the Big 12, work begins months in advance for this whopping 54-pound trophy. Because it is presented to the winning team directly following the end of the game, certain steps have to be taken to insure the trophy is ready and on schedule. During production, the trophy is created to allow a later attachment of a personalized plate for the winning team. When the finalists are announced for the Big 12 championship game, plates for both of the competing schools are pre-produced and sent with the trophy itself. When the winner of the game is announced, “a Big 12 representative attaches the plate shortly before presentation,” said Aaron Hines, MTM’s account manager for the Big 12 and the NCAA.


Our trophies are made in Oklahoma, so we like to keep them here.


As an Oklahoma-based company, this year’s championship win was especially meaningful for us. With Oklahoma’s two largest universities battling it out for not only bedlam, but the Big 12 title as well, the pressure was on. Cory Beltz, MTM’s Sports Director, sees Coach Stoops from time to time around Norman. Cory likes to remind him that “our trophies are made in Oklahoma so we like to keep them here.”  Regardless of the winner, MTM is proud that the Big 12 Trophy was able to stay near home in the deserving hands of the Oklahoma Sooners this year. Donna Lamprecht, MTM’s Marketing Manager, relayed our feelings perfectly when she said “ I never get tired of watching Oklahoma football win the Big 12 Conference championship, but working at the company that makes the trophies presented today makes it that much sweeter.”


Excited for this bowl season? Keep up with the Sooner sports over at crimsonandcreammachine.com and check out our post about the Flying J Battle at Bristol Trophy to learn more about MTM’s products!





As November wraps up, we begin to set our sights on Christmas and end of year celebrations. Our busy schedules get even fuller with decorating the tree and perusing the mall for the perfect gifts. During this busy time, we often forget the importance of recognizing our employees and showing our appreciation for them. While the process of giving gifts to employees can be awkward, it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few things to keep in mind this holiday season.

Make it personal

Not every employee will have the same taste in gifts, or even the same language of appreciation. Use what you know about each employee to show you care for them as an individual. A personalized gift will not only bring a smile to their face, but help to build a positive relationship.

Don’t wait till the last minute

Although you may want to procrastinate buying your Christmas gifts for your employees, resist the temptation! Selecting and giving your gifts early helps to take the pressure off of you as a manager during this busy time, and makes your employees feel appreciated knowing they were a priority for you.

Write a card

A handwritten card adds a tangible reminder that you are wishing them well in the season and value them as another individual, not just a direct report. Especially if your present is intangible (like extra paid vacation days), make sure to pen a letter reminding your employee that you appreciate them and hope they enjoy the holidays. This small token will bring joy to both the giver and receiver.

Keeping that advice in mind, here are some gift ideas for your employees to leave you inspired:


  • Extra paid leave

    • For the family man or woman on your team, an extra day off to spend with children may be a perfect gift to celebrate the season.


  • Gift cards

    • Maybe someone has been dying to try that new restaurant in uptown with rave reviews. A $100 gift card there will be the perfect treat to enjoy a night out.


  • Fine Wine

    • For the wine connoisseur in your department, a nice wine or even a gift certificate to a wine tasting will be a classy and personal gift.


  • Books

    • Literature has the ability to connect people, so a favorite and influential book of yours, paired with a handwritten note on the inside cover, would make for a present that will live on in their mind.


  • Hobbies

    • Perhaps you are both avid bike riders on the weekends. Why not gift your employee a favorite new gadget for their bike? Sharing your hobby in not only talks around the office, but in gadgets too will help to strengthen your relationship as coworkers and friends.


If you need a little more help with Holiday gifts for employees we’re here for you! Contact us to get in touch, we would love to help.





The Benefits of Gratitude

As Thanksgiving fast approaches, we enter into a month full of gratitude. We begin to see Facebook friends posting daily gratitude journals. We circle around a feast with friends and family, each taking a turn to say what we are thankful for this year. November is a month of thankfulness. Yet that attitude of gratitude tends to fade into the backdrop for the rest of the year. Recent research shows that practicing gratitude is one of the most valuable things we can do to boost our overall mental health, as well as our physical health. Creating a gratitude journal, handwriting thank-you notes, and performing random acts of kindness all do wonders for establishing a more optimistic outlook while reducing anxiety and depression¹.



Transitioning to the Workplace

In the workplace, the effects of practicing gratitude are no less pronounced. Research has shown that the number one characteristic potential employees look for in a positive work environment is to feel valued and appreciated². In addition to the boost in happiness of the initiator through showing gratitude, the recipients are also happier, thanks to feeling recognized and appreciated. One study even found that having happier employees increases productivity by 12%³. So how do we determine the best way to recognize and appreciate coworkers? The answer is simple: Find your coworkers’ Languages of Appreciation.


How to Make it Count

Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, found that the most effective way to recognize someone comes down to the recipient’s personal language. While one employee may prefer a public thank you in front of his or her coworkers, this will not work for everyone. Another employee may prefer a high-five, while another may prefer quality time with the supervisor to talk about project progress. To show gratitude in the most meaningful way, take a moment to think about the recipient’s language of appreciation and utilize that knowledge to make the recognition moment even more special. The effects will be beneficial to everyone.





  1. Amin, Amit. The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life. http://happierhuman.com/benefits-of-gratitude/
  2. Strack, Rainer. Job Preferences of 200,000 Job Seekers.
  3. Oswald, A. J., Proto, E., & Sgroi, D. Happiness and Productivity. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/staff/eproto/ workingpapers/happinessproductivity.pdf
  4. Chapman, Gary; White, Paul. The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace.