Remember that feeling you experienced when you were awarded a gold star in school for a job well done? Even though we’re older now and the stakes are higher than learning the ABCs, that “gold star” feeling still can be a powerful motivator.

Employees who believe that their employers recognize and value their contributions generally are more satisfied at work, which is why most organizations today have employee recognition programs in place. On the following slides, we present some creative yet simple ideas for business owners and managers to give employees that “gold star” feeling in recognition of their efforts.