Questions to Ask Before You Begin an Employee Appreciation Program

Motivated employees feel appreciated. Weaving employee appreciation into your company’s culture is an important task for any...

October 24, 2019

Motivated employees feel appreciated. Weaving employee appreciation into your company’s culture is an important task for any business. If you are designing a program from scratch you should start by asking some simple questions.

How do you show employee appreciation?

At the foundation of any good appreciation program is the recognition of your employee’s contribution and their importance to the company. Your goal is to make them feel valued. Your words, policies, benefits, and special appreciation initiatives can help show your commitment to the goal. If you don’t know how your employees feel, seeking feedback on the issues important to them is your first step.

Why is Employee Appreciation important?

Employees who feel appreciated are more productive and more inclined to remain on your team. They’re also more efficient and effective. Those who don’t feel a connection may leave. Losing a valued employee can impact more than just workloads and project deadlines. A departure can create lingering morale issues. If you value an employee, they need to know it.

What does employee appreciation mean to you?

Employee appreciation is the fundamental recognition of the value one produces. Most people work hard, make sacrifices, and give their waking hours in service to their employers. They can do that anywhere, so their focus and loyalty go beyond a need for mere job security. If we like our jobs and our efforts are acknowledged, our workplaces can become a happy part of our lives.

How do you show staff appreciation on a budget?

You don’t have to have a huge budget to make people feel like they are part of the team. Kind words of praise don’t cost a cent. Money is always a motivation but most satisfaction is non-financial. Regular listening sessions can identify very simple pain points. One company’s outreach effort revealed a lingering desire for cushioned pads to stand on at workstations. After years of failed requests, employees quit asking. New management discovered this concern and made the minor investment in the pads. The employees felt heard and appreciated.

What are some good incentives for employees?

Financial rewards and perks are almost always appreciated, but sometimes you have to read the room to design incentive programs with broader appeal. Entry-level employees may desire more connection and mentorship from senior personnel. Senior employees may want wellness initiatives designed to support good health. A dance class or sponsored company hike can combine the goals of both segments and bring teams together. Good incentives align with a company’s strategic goals and provide motivation by giving employees something they want.

How do you show appreciation to colleagues?

Beyond a formal program don’t forget little things matter to the people around you. Handwritten thank-you notes are meaningful. It doesn’t take much to acknowledge birthdays, anniversaries, or other family events but the effort goes a long way.

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 afrequent 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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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Assembly SOC 2 compliant?

Yes, at Assembly, security is a top priority. Each quarter, we have ongoing security work that is everyone’s responsibility. While we maintain a strong security posture, it was important for us to prove to our customers that we do everything we claim to do. This led us to pursue a SOC 2 Type II report that would provide evidence of our compliance with industry gold-standard security practice.

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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