35 Fun and Affordable Team Appreciation Ideas

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As an effective leader, you are likely always looking for fun and affordable ideas to show appreciation to your team.  Everyone enjoys recognition, and one of the most impactful ways to motivate your team is to reward behaviors that you want repeated.

As a basketball coach, our program had a “hard hat” award that was given each week to the player that had the most charges and deflections.  And just like in sports, whatever industry you work in, there will be important statistics that you can choose to measure and celebrate.

And no matter what field you work in, it is important to remember this quote by VCU Basketball Coach Shaka Smart:

“Appreciation is the currency of success.”

35 Fun and Affordable Team Appreciation Ideas

The following list of 35 ideas will hopefully inspire you to begin celebrating small victories along the way, instead of waiting until the end of your project or season.

Every team performs better when they feel appreciated for their efforts.

Consider adopting some of these fun ideas to show appreciation to people on your team….

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  1. Dave Mohn on May 8, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Uplifting encouragement more times than not gets employees motivated and more like team players. You get more bees with sugar than with vinegar!
    When I have training classes I bring “Payday” candy bars. The first person who answers my question about the subject get a “Payday” suddenly everyone is paying attention! I ensure the first question is purposefully easy so attention builds in the beginning.

    • Sean Glaze on May 9, 2013 at 8:40 am

      Hi Dave-

      Thanks for the comment. I like the idea of the “payday” early reward as motivation and recognition also!

  2. Marianne Mol on May 9, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Really good tips that indeed don’t cost much and aim to honor the person themself and not necessarily tagets achieved. I personally like nr 31. One point to think about: why not pay attention to healthy foods instead of cake, cookies, candy. After all, as an employer you want your staff to take a healthy approach to life, dont you?

    • Sean Glaze on May 9, 2013 at 8:45 am


      First, I appreciate you taking the time to share a comment.
      And yes, you are right – it would likely be a nice part tof a “wellness” plan to replace some of the suggestions with healthier items… but there ARE times that just demand a good piece of cake!

  3. Scott Hadley on May 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    A personal experience with a variation of number 31. Just last week a colleague came and watched a high school rugby team that I coach. A cold wet day – yet he came and stayed for the entire game. Sure made me feel good!

  4. Esther D Hawkins on August 1, 2013 at 2:25 am

    These are surefire ways to boost the confidence of team members to get the ball rolling.

  5. Team Building Coach (@leadyourteam) on August 1, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for the comment, Esther!

    Best wishes to you and your team…