Calling Out Great Work: Employee Recognition Strategies You Can Use

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

By Samuel Dunham, Assistant Director, Employee Development

For many of us, there has been an increase in the amount of remote work that our teams are now required to engage in. While that comes with great positives, it can present challenges in our recognition efforts. Though many of us are not able to recognize our teams in person, there are many innovative solutions to recognize team members remotely.

Over the past few months, I have talked to many supervisors about their recognition efforts for their teams. From those conversations, many great ideas have been shared about the amazing things that have been done over the past few months to recognize their team members.

If you find yourself having a hard time thinking through how to recognize your team members for a career anniversary, an accomplishment tied to a project or for any other reason, a few supervisors have offered to share the ways that they are using their available resources to recognize their team members. I have included some examples below:

  • “I’ve leveraged the “Praise” feature within [Microsoft] Teams or tagged them within shared meeting outputs and feedback from leadership. I also like to credit staff directly as a reference or example of what alignment or ‘doing something well’ looks like.” – Ken Rivera, director, network and infrastructure
  • “Car parades, e-gift cards and work social media shout outs for work anniversaries, birthdays and milestones.” – LaTasha Graham, assistant director, transitions planning
  • “Fun Zoom backgrounds for anniversaries, fun Photoshopped PowerPoints, individual messages, ecards.” — Anonymous

Some other ways to recognize your team members include:

  • Having your team send congratulatory and encouraging comments of appreciation through email on the anniversary date. All emails could be sent to you as the supervisor to put in one email to send to the team member.
  • Setting up a Microsoft Teams or Zoom meeting with your team on the anniversary date and recognizing the team member.
  • Sending a handwritten note of appreciation directly to the team members’ home.

If you would like to talk about ways to share your recognition practices with other supervisors or about possible practices for your team, please contact the Employee Development Team at or 407-299-5000, extension 5140.

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