Creating Employee Appreciation Programs in Large Companies

In today’s competitive business environment developing a committed workforce is challenging. Simply recruiting great employees...

October 24, 2019

In today’s competitive business environment developing a committed workforce is challenging. Simply recruiting great employees is no longer enough, you have to keep them on your team to sustain a competitive advantage. Showing employees your appreciation is the key to retaining top talent. The task may seem daunting at first, but there are some simple steps to start an effective appreciation program.

Earn Buy-in Early

The excitement employees feel when they start a new job doesn’t have to fade. It won’t if they are engaged and appreciated.  When employees don’t feel a connection they can start to feel like a number. Each has unique ambitions and goals, so you have to connect with them to understand their motivations. That might seem time-consuming in a larger environment but you can make strides by engaging employees in company discussions.

You’ll gain buy-in by allowing employees to contribute their opinions. Ad-hoc committees can focus on single events like planning a company celebration. Standing committees may review broader issues like the company’s insurance plans. These committees can become forums of engagement. By encouraging employees to be a part of the dialogue they’ll feel more connected and invested in the company’s mission. You’ll gain a better understanding of how your employee appreciation efforts are being received.

Create Lasting Bonds

A sense of purpose and shared destiny can be a powerful motivator, so you should always seek opportunities to create connections. The holidays are an easy time to show your appreciation to employees and their families. Company picnics and year-end holiday parties are tried and true, but you can create other fun initiatives to promote and maintain the spirit year-round.

The blank walls in your corridors are valuable real estate. They can be a canvas to display your commitment. For example, seasonal holidays present an opportunity to engage employees. A rotating display of their children’s artwork can promote those shared bonds. Contests with modest prizes can generate more participation. These efforts can become a great reinforcer of your culture.

Sharing the joy of new babies is always a win. Collect new baby photos from your employees and share a collage or simple slide show at year-end. This helps celebrate the healthy growth of your employee’s family and the company.

Showcase the talent

Look for opportunities to highlight the successes of your employees. Seek hidden talents within your ranks to showcase at company events. If someone sings or plays guitar, invite them to perform before a meeting. If you employ budding artists, create an informal art gallery and display their projects. Make flyers to promote these events. Shared memories help create traditions and enhance company culture, so take photos on every occasion.

Seek Feedback

Walk the hallways and ask questions. After events or the launch of a new initiative, ask your employees how they feel and what they think. Engage your managers as well to ensure they feel motivated too. You’ll be amazed at the excellent feedback and new ideas your outreach will generate.

Assembly is a peer to peer employee recognition platform where coworkers can easily recognize each other with meaningful messages and rewards and companies can manage culture spend with a positive and justifiable ROI. Assembly has a 95% employee engagement and can be easily integrated with Slack. Grow and sustain your culture with Assembly. For more detail please visit Assembly.

About the Author, Charles Gillis
Charles Gillis is a business leader with more than twenty-five years of experience in business
management and law firm administration. Prior to launching his Dallas-based firm Northside HumanStrategies, he held leadership positions at statewide, national, and international law firms. He is a frequent speaker and contributor to numerous business publications. His articles have appeared inCanadian Lawyer, the American Bar Association's Student Lawyer Magazine, and numerous other legal industry publications. He is the author of the book The Seven Year Trap; Back Office Observations of the Business of Law & the Path to Partnership.

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What's the ROI for employee recognition?

There is study after study showing that employee recognition leads to increased engagement. This in return creates an environment where employees are happier and more motivated which increase productivity and reduces voluntary turnover significantly. In order to filled critical roles, companies tend to spend nearly twice the value of an annual salary. Assembly is an investment in your employees that supports your bottom line.

Does Assembly offer longer-term contracts?

Yes, we will offer contracts for companies with longer-term agreements to help larger customers have more certainty around future costs.

The minimum agreement term is a 12-month subscription.

Does Assembly offer onboarding support?

We do! Any new customer needing further support to get started with Assembly to ensure you're set up for success can request custom onboarding support. These one-time services start at $5,000. Improving your employee experience is about much more than just using our amazing software; it’s about transforming your business to create a workplace that people love. That’s much easier to do with the personal support and advice from our passionate people experts.

Is there a free version of Assembly?

Yes. We offer a completely free plan for up to 50 team members. This plan is intended for teams or organizations that are looking to get started with an employee engagement tool. Keep in mind, this plan is limited in features.

All customers can open an Assembly account for free and get started without a credit card. Then you can change plans as necessary.

How much do rewards cost?

At the time of redemption (when your employees exchange their points for a paid reward) you'll pay face value. If a reward is a $10 Amazon gift card, your cost will be $10. All paid rewards are billed for on a monthly basis.

The good news is that you don't have to pay for rewards upfront because we only charge you when points are redeemed, not when they're earned.

Does Assembly offer discounts?

We offer discounts or educational or charitable organizations. In order to secure a discount, you'll first need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

For all other organizations, we are willing to consider longer-term agreements in exchange for discounts. To set up annual plans or longer, you will need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

How do I cancel my plan if needed?

If you're on a month to month plan, you can go here and cancel anytime. If you're having concerns or need help setting up your account for success, you can always book a demo with a customer support specialist.

If you're on a longer-term custom plan, you'll need to reach out to your customer support specialist to cancel your account or email us at

What customizations are available?

Great question! You can customize your core values to match your organization's to boost and track alignment. You can change your currency from the 🏆 emoji (our default) to any emoji of your choice. You can swap our logo for your own. You can also set up company culture rewards such as, "Lunch with the CEO," "Buy a book on us," and so much more!

Who can give or receive recognition?

While we recommend a peer to peer set up where anyone in your organization can give or receive recognition, you can set up Assembly however you want. If you need to limit the people who can give or receive recognition, that's perfectly fine and can be done from your Admin, here.

What integrations are available?

Assembly connects to the tools your employees use every day to offer an easy, seamless experience with minimal change management.  

Assembly has integrations with HCM/HRIS systems like ADP, Google, Office 365, and Slack. We also integrate with communication tools like Slack and Teams so you and your employees can access Assembly wherever they work now.

What's your average adoption rate?

That depends on the company's permissions set up. That said, over 90% of the employees on Assembly's platform are recognized on a monthly basis. That means nearly every employee across all of our customers are receiving regular recognition from their peers, managers, or leadership. We're extremely proud of this.

Must rewards be set up to use Assembly?

They are not required. You can use Assembly without having rewards set up. However, we don't recommend it if you intend to have a high adoption and usage rate. You can always keep the costs down by offering internal culture rewards that are fulfilled by you internally.

Are points required to use Assembly?

No, you can remove allowances from anyone or everyone. It's up to you but we do recommend using points whether they're worth a real dollar value or not. Companies that use points have a much higher engagement rate even if those points don't exchange for real dollars.

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