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by Roy Saunderson | March 08, 2016
Most companies have a number of great employees who deserve the red carpet treatment. Often these employees quietly and consistently perform amazing work, but their managers fail to properly recognize them. Make sure to celebrate employee achievements by applying these 10 ways to truly make your great employees into stars.

1. Solicit unsung heroes examples.
 Meet once a week with your managers and supervisors or request daily emails with names and examples of great things unsung heroes do at work. Communicate and celebrate these individuals in a way that is right for them.

2. Highlight all award nominees.
 Put everyone in the limelight at corporate award presentations by listing nominees in some form, if only in writing. Don't lose an opportunity to acknowledge all who merited being nominated for the award (besides just highlighting the winners).

3. Give diversity an equal chance.
 Ensure women, minorities, and those with disabilities are given the same career path opportunities, education and development as anyone else.

4. Encourage giving compliments.
 Teach the power behind giving compliments by being an example of doing so yourself. Suggest in staff meetings the idea of giving others compliments. Inform your employees that giving compliments makes givers and receivers feel better.

5. Sweet-treat your stars.
 Give an outstanding colleague their favorite candy bar, treat, or carbonated drink, coffee, or juice. Always accompany your treat with a short note explaining why you're grateful for them. Share how their contributions make an impact on customers and employees alike.

6. Profile living your values.
 Create documentary style videos capturing employees who exemplify living your values. Or simply design a one-page printed account of their exemplary actions. Share in staff meetings or place prominently on your company intranet site.

7. Leave a memorable voicemail.
 Why not leave a special voicemail message for office-based employees thanking them for positive actions. After everyone has gone home call and leave your thankful message, which will surprise them when they receive through email or hear the next day. 

8. Perfect peer reflections.
 In small meetings write names of each employee on top of a separate piece of paper and have each person write a positive comment on the paper about the named employee. Fold comment over so unseen and pass to next person, and so on, and give the paper to the individual when done.

9. Give a final half-hour.
 Use the half-hour at the end of each day to write handwritten thank you cards or send social recognition program acknowledgments. Use the amazing accounts of people sent to you from others or observations you have made throughout the day.


10. Billboard people's greatness.
 Honor employees with their consent on a billboard with a short message. Display a picture with words of appreciation for employee contributions on LCD TV screens around company. Have whiteboards on walls for everyone to share handwritten messages.

Incentive columnist Roy Saunderson is author of Giving the Real Recognition Way and is the Chief Learning Officer of Rideau's Recognition Management Institute, a consulting and training company which helps leaders and managers get recognition right. He can be reached at RoySaunderson@Rideau.com. Also, check out the library of Real Recognition Radio shows.