Disruptive Leaders On-Demand Programme

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Series 4: Engaging and motivating teams

Episode 2: Showing appreciation

Creating a culture of appreciation requires recognition that goes beyond impersonal and transactional gestures like cash or gift cards. Instead, employee recognition and reward programmes should be designed to genuinely express gratitude and make employees feel valued. 

What we’ll cover:

  • What actually makes us feel appreciated?
  • Showing appreciation in ways that cater for different personalities
  • Examples of innovative ways to say thank you
Download the slides from this Episode.


  • Little and often appreciation works best 
  • Ask how they like to be appreciated so that you can make it personal
  • Think more creatively about how you can show your appreciation  – showing an interest in them, flexibility, time off, public shout outs, development etc. 


Showing appreciation

Reflect on each team member individually and consider their unique strengths, contributions and achievements. Now think of personalised gestures or recognition methods that align with each team member’s preferences. It could be a handwritten note, a small gift, a public recognition, or a development opportunity.

You’ll find useful tips and conversation starters in the ‘Conversations Toolkit’ for leaders.

Don’t forget to capture your thoughts in your Programme workbook.

Looking for some conversation starters to help you show appreciation for your team? Flip the card to see some suggestions.

1. To say thanks, I’d like you to do that development/training you wanted.

2. I’ve called this impromptu team meeting so I could just say thank you to you all.

3. I’ve got you this book as I know how interested you are in …

4. I appreciate having you on the team because… Let me treat you to lunch to say thanks.


30 ways to say thank-you

30 simple ideas to say ‘thank-you’ that will surprise and delight every personality in your team!

Bonuses don’t work!

In this blog, we bust four of the most common myths about bonuses.

Why rewards should be little and often

Rewards that are little and often have shown to be big contributors to how valued, appreciated and engaged your people will feel at work.

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