5 Inexpensive and Rewarding Ways to Cheer Your Peers

5 Inexpensive and Rewarding Ways to Cheer Your Peers

Everybody needs recognition right? Of course they do! But who says it always has to come from the management? In this article, I will introduce some simple and effective ways to encourage your colleagues. Give this a try and be prepared to be impressed with the results. Your boss will thank you and wonder why they did not think of it!

This will be a (kinda-sorta) continuation of Javier Dominquez & Jim Turner’s articles relating to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs pyramid.


How does it make you feel when you get recognized for your efforts? Is this something you would be willing to spend a few minutes to help someone else feel the same thing? By helping to promote a sense of appreciation, you foster growth of self-esteem. This leads to a feeling of belonging. We all need to feel like we belong, right?

How many times have we been reprimanded when we have done something wrong? Probably not as many times as we have done something right without and recognition! Here are some simple and inexpensive ways to “Cheer your Peers”:

Certificate of Appreciation

Everyone is familiar with these right? Who says this must ONLY come from a manager? Is there some unwritten rule somewhere that I missed? In my experience, some of the most appreciated recognition DID NOT come from my manager. It came from my colleagues.

Bucket Drops

If you don’t know what this is, click here. Sending these out is something that I do religiously. It takes only a couple of minutes and is a total uplift for the person receiving it. I wish everyone felt the same way about this as I do. As of this article, I have sent out 922 of them, but have only received 11. *Sniffle*

Saying “Thank You” Face-to-Face

Sounds so simple, but boy is it overlooked. An engaged colleague is one that feels appreciated. How many times have you gone “the extra mile” on a task and never even got a “thank you” in return? How did it make you feel?

Using a Card to Say “Thank You”

Everybody likes getting mail right? Especially when it is recognition! This could be for a birthday, an anniversary or some tremendous feat that needs attention. Mail one to their home so their family can see it. The impact is greater than you can imagine.

Recognition Posterboard

Hang up a board somewhere and write down accomplishments. It does not have to be anything fancy, but it does have to be in a common area with high traffic. What goes on it does not have to be anything dazzling. It just has to be true.

According to Gallup, disengagement is at an all-time high, with only 35% of managers engaged in their jobs. 35%! If the manager is not engaged, then he/she is certainly not engaging those he/she is managing. By taking some of the suggestions above, you can help to change that. After all, a happy colleague is a productive one.

  • Did you know that the #1 reason people leave their job is because they do not get the recognition they need to feel appreciated?

Can’t see the value in this yet? Look around your office right now and see who truly wants to be there and who is just “milking the clock” until it’s time to go home. Or maybe you have a grumpy one to contend with? By choosing not to take the suggestions above, you are only hurting yourself. After all, you are the one who has to work next to them!

That being said, what reason do you have for not taking a few minutes, right now, to tell someone your appreciate them? What have you go to lose besides an unpleasant work environment?


P.S. These suggestions also work on family members quite well.

Christopher Gould – President

Gould Design, Inc.