Employee Recognition Ideas
You have very difficult jobs and you should be recognized. This area offers ideas for celebrating the hard work done in community corrections each day. Most of them are no-cost or low-cost and very easy to carry out, so try a few this year.
Recognition can increase employee retention and morale. Here are some ideas to consider:
- Organize staff to sponsor a local charity and collect for the group’s wish-list throughout the year to be donated during the Week or during the holiday season.
- Recognize a colleague or staff member by nominating them for the #PPPSWeek contest.
- Hold a drawing for a paid individual membership or a training registration to a professional association such as APPA or others as appropriate.
- Gather a group of volunteers from your office to spend a couple of hours serving food at a homeless shelter or ask if your local women's shelter needs some sprucing up. Most communities never have enough volunteers and your efforts will be welcomed.
- If your agency is near a college or university, ask instructors to bring a group of students interested in entering the field of community corrections into the office to see what really happens day-to-day. APPA gets numerous information requests each year from students looking to go into community corrections and who ask what the work is really like.
- Honor deceased and/or injured officers by observing a moment of silence.
- At a breakfast or a luncheon, recognize your staff with the longest years of service, newest staff person, and create other ways to recognize each of your staff.
And...don’t forget to have new posters printed for this year’s #PPPSWeek! Post them in your office, at the Courthouse, or the District Attorney’s office and ask for permission to post them in the windows of local merchants who greatly benefit from the work of community corrections professionals and the actions they take to keep the neighborhood safe.