Showing Employee Appreciation

Showing employee appreciation helps motivate employees to produce top results. It also helps retain high performers by rewardi...

November 9, 2019

Showing employee appreciation helps motivate employees to produce top results. It also helps retain high performers by rewarding them with the recognition they deserve and want. What should employee recognition look like at your company? How do you show employee recognition on a budget? How do you engage peer to peer appreciation?

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.

How do you show employee appreciation? One of the easiest and best ways to show employee appreciation is with a genuine “Thank you”. Acknowledge and recognize when an employee does a great job and send a personal note to them. Some keep Thank You cardstock on hand so that when an employee does a good job, they can write out a personal card and give it to them. If you don’t have that option, send an email, or a Slack and be specific about what you appreciated and what they did a great job on. Another way is to recognize top employees on social media. Give them a shout out for a job well done for successfully completing a big project. Even though these may seem simple, kind words and public recognition go a long way.

Why is employee appreciation important? Employees want to feel appreciated for the work that they perform by leaders at their company. They want to feel that they are valued, and a part of the strategic plan a company may have in place for their goals. Involving employees in these initiatives helps gain loyalty and produces better work results. Recognizing employees for their work makes them feel their work is relevant to what the companies long term goals are and lets them know they are on the right track.

How do you show staff appreciation on a budget? There are a number of ways to show appreciation. As stated above, you can send a note, email, Slack message or post it on social media. If you are going to send an email or Slack, be sure to be specific in what you are appreciating them for. If possible, give them a gift card to a lunch spot you know they frequent. There are some companies like Assembly that integrate employee appreciation tools with Slack that make it as seamless and easy as sending a message. Assembly has a 95% employee engagement and can be easily integrated with Slack. Grow and sustain your culture with Assembly. Remember, any praise is better than no praise. Utilize the technology you have already and make it work for your company.

What are some good incentives for employees? Most employees appreciate cash, gift cards, or a little extra on their check. If you have a café, can you give out free meal vouchers? What about a company-sponsored wellness class? Bringing an instructor in for a Yoga or Pilates class so you can show appreciation for a group of employees can show you care about their wellbeing. Maybe you can reward employees with an extra day off for a job well done. People value their time, and it could be a chance for them to unwind from a stressful project.

How do you show appreciation to colleagues? Looking beyond how leaders can recognize employees, how do peers show appreciation to one another? They may not have the funds to provide gift cards or days off but what can they use?

Assembly provides a peer to peer recognition platform, that employees can utilize through Slack, to send messages of kudos, positivity, and thanks. This can encourage more employee engagement within their teams and promote more cohesive teamwork when working on a project or towards a deadline. Assembly can help employees recognize peers with meaningful messages and build a positive culture, one department at a time. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to show appreciation for your team.

About the Author, Amber Mayer
Amber Mayer is a certified HR Professional, with a passion for learning and knowledge. In addition to working in HR and developing employees, Amber is learning computer programming languages and computer science to merge HR and Technology to help identify patterns and implement effective change. Amber loves writing and contributing to companies that are looking to make a positive impact on their customers and employees.

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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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