Nine Ways to Show Your Coworkers Appreciation

Bringing a box of doughnuts to work to thank your coworker or team is a thing of the past. Food offers a quick, satisfying, and inexpensive way to say thank you, but if we flex our brains and get creative, the gesture can mean a lot more in the long run.

  1. Say a simple thank you. Show your appreciation for your coworker’s hard work and contributions with a simple acknowledgment. It can go a long way.
  2. Decorate their workstation. This will announce to all of your colleagues that your coworker is special. They can share their story with anyone who asks.
  3. Give a small token of thanks. All day long, your coworker will know they are appreciated.
  4. Give a handmade card. Whether you are five or 50, the time spent on a handmade card reflects the sentiment.
  5. Create a recognition award. You may even want to pass the award around your worksite or department.
  6. Give a gift certificate. It can be for a favor or a local store—get creative.
  7. Teach your coworker a new skill or hobby. Your coworker is so impressed by your fishing stories; offer to teach him or her how to tie a fly.
  8. Send a note of recognition to a manager or supervisor. Impressed with your coworker? Tell his or her boss how much you appreciate their work.
  9. Offer a work favor. If you’re a pro with an Excel spreadsheet, offer to help out when your coworker needs it most. 

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Last updated 4/1/2015