Employee & Volunteer Engagement & Recognition

Ways to Show Appreciation


What’s Covered:

  • Party held to celebrate employee, work group or team of employees achievement        
  • Food for staff to celebrate achievement              
  • Flowers to acknowledge superior performance
  • National Secretary’s Day, gift, lunch and other days set up to honor contributions of workers (i.e. Bosses’ Day, Social Workers Month, etc.)
  • Specific, defined, and approved recognition department recognition programs/plans.
  • Volunteer Center’s Recognition Luncheon to honor contribution of exceptional volunteers
  • Awards, gift certificates for outstanding individuals, luncheons, dinners or ceremonies celebrating achievements

What’s Not Covered:

  • Holiday parties or recognition at holiday parties; birthday parties, or showers
  • Food for Staff
  • Flowers for seriously ill employee
  • Staff party (without recognition element)
  • New Employee Orientation Costs
  • New employee receptions
  • Day of Caring activities
  • Combined Fund Campaign activities
  • Training retreats
  • Retiree’s party or retiree’s gift
  • Coffee or water for office; no single-serving bottled water or alcohol-related items.

Whenever possible, use recognition that will be meaningful to the employee, volunteer, team, division, being recognized. Customize the recognition by calling attention to specific actions of employees or groups, presenting awards/recognition items, providing special treats, etc.

Events that include some training or overview of department accomplishments must serve as a venue to recognize and commend employees for their contributions. Be sure that employee recognition is specific and defined in the event. This program is not set-up to fund training retreats, training material, etc.

Conduct a survey of your staff or leadership to see what type of recognition would be received by staff/employees as special recognition to them; you may also solicit ideas on how they would like to be recognized.

Contact Information

Sylvia Lemus

Program Manager

Employee & Volunteer Engagement & Recognition
Human Resources
County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
575 Administration Drive
Room 116 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465237, -122.725363

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