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Use ‘Small Acts’ to Keep Recognition on Track for ‘Big Results’

A little bit of effort goes a long way as the busiest time of year begins



With Q4 on the horizon, it’s easy to shift attention to your year-end to-do list. Many businesses are gearing up for a period of heavy workload, in which the results can define the entire year’s success. But as activity ramps up, it’s easy to push recognition to the backburner.


Postponing rewards until early next year might save time, but it’s a mistake – employee recognition is one of the best ways to keep your team motivated as the clock runs out.


Luckily, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel to show your appreciation. As highlighted in our Finish the Year Strong Recognition Plan, September is all about “Small Acts, Big Results”, and with a little effort, a few small demonstrations of kindness can go a long way.


Improve lives in (and out) of the office

With the holidays approaching, and with many of us still reeling from inflationary costs, September is a great month to help your team members save time and money. Simple, easy-to-execute ideas like Free Coffee Fridays or a biweekly team lunch can put a few dollars back in employees’ pockets while also acknowledging their interests and needs. Other ideas, like shipping meal kits to remote employees’ homes or sending out virtual restaurant gift cards, can make dinner easy after work, freeing up time for other tasks or some much-needed relaxation.





Celebrate the National Day of Encouragement

Rather than extend your efforts throughout the month, you can go big on a celebration of the National Day of Encouragement. The holiday falls on September 12 and centers around uplifting the people around us. You can inspire your team with initiatives like those listed above, or you can take the time to craft personalized messages for each employee. Sometimes, a few lines about an employee’s performance are all they need to keep striving for excellence. It only takes a beat to notice – and honor – a job well done.


Choose thoughtful, premium gifts

You also have the option of gifting employees with industry-leading rewards that can elevate their everyday experience. For example: Bose’s QuietComfort® 45 headphones block out distractions and pipe in deep, clear audio; kate spade new york’s Spencer Slim Crossbody adds function and whimsy to employees’ fall style; and West Bend’s 3.7-quart Digital Air Fryer brings innovation and fun to any kitchen. A well-considered, surprise gift is yet another way to show your staff that you care.



Though this is a period where the business needs take priority, leaders can’t forget to celebrate the individuals who work so diligently to achieve the company’s goals and objectives. As September begins, think about simple but effective ways in which you can recognize and inspire team performance. To discuss your needs and explore options, book a personal consultation today with an advisor from our exclusive gifting partner, Incentive Concepts.

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