The best workplace recognition token gifts

Employee Recognition Gifts

Recent research commissioned by Perkbox has found that 45% of working Brits are habitually working outside of their contracted hours.  As team managers and employers it’s a good idea to take a moment to reflect on your work family. Do you think you are recognising their efforts enough?


We all know that a motivated team equals an engaged team which in turn leads to a highly successful team.  As a gifting business we’re interested in the impact that we could have on developing these attitudes. We’ve been looking into the impact that recognition and reward has on motivation and engagement in the workplace.


Recognition schemes


Did you know that 41% of organisations reward workers through recognition schemes? Now these aren’t just through additional ‘perks’ within your contract like pension contributions, healthcare or bonus schemes.  We mean that while employee perks are important, this generation respond well to the more ceremonial approach to additional recognition.


With a workforce sharing everything on social media, we found that small gifts can be more visible and therefore motivating for staff than expensive perks that can be overlooked.  These visible tokens send a clear message to staff of their value (plus they can put it on instagram and have their peers congratulate them, reinforcing their self-worth).


Regular rewards and work fairies


Technology services provider ITLab put their people at the centre of their offering, therefore breeding a culture of happiness and wellbeing in their team.  They have ‘work fairies’ who leave gifts on desks throughout the year ranging from personalised messages to chocolates, to cups of teas and balloons. This recognition and reward programme keeps employees motivated and shows their team that ITLab recognise and appreciate the contributions that they are making to the company.


While the regular gifting approach works well and is highly shareable on social media it’s also important to look at employee of the month or future leader schemes (and not just for sales teams).  Being awarded something in front of your peers is something that regularly motivates employees, you could even place a plaque on the wall to mark employee tenures.


So we’ve convinced you, what are the best token workplace gifts though?


Studies found that visible tokens for employee recognition gifts are the most successful.  These don’t need to be expensive but products with a broad appeal and impact are most popular.  We recommend putting the extra effort in to understand what motivates your team so as to gift appropriately.  Thoughtfulness is a growing trend and people appreciate it. For instance if you know your team member has a hayfever allergy avoid buying them flowers. If they are a health addict perhaps a crate of beer isn’t a great option. Were they to suffer with a gluten allergy a tray of donuts isn’t the best option.


Here are our favourite token gifts for the workplace:

If you have a big team brainstorm, a briefing day or a board meeting coming up bring along The Meeting Box to inspire the session.  We include a personalised message inside the box which could be a motivational quote of your choice to get the cogs turning.


You can personalise this gorgeous notebook with your own company and employees name. Beautify their desk with this employee recognition gift and give them something useful to at the same time.

Personalised Corporate Notebook

Each month we’ll send a gluten free chocolate millionaire with ‘Employee of the Month’ to your office for you to the chosen team member that month. We can even personalise it each month with their name if you’d like.

Employee of the month subscription

With the war on plastic hotting up even more in 2019 eco-workplaces are turning mainstream. After Wetherspoons and All Bar One banned plastic straws in 2018 and with supermarkets like Iceland pledging to be plastic free, green thinking should be key to your company culture going forward. What a great way to encourage it within your workforce.  Match it with a voucher for your local coffee shop or give it as it is!

Personalised Travel Mug Becky Broome

These personalised embroidery stitch kits are the perfect gift for the more mindful members of your team.  They can take a break from their emails to make up something beautiful for their desk sharing a motivational message to brighten every morning.

Personalised Recognition Stitch Kit

Make a change from the standard Colin birthday cake and whip out something truly special (particularly if you have a gluten intolerant birthday girl/boy) our giant millionaire will delight the whole team and who doesn’t love something with their name on right?

Gluten Free Work Birthday Cake

The original balloon business in our eyes, they have a balloon for every occasion but this one makes us smile in particular as our team are rather fond of prosecco so we can imagine this going down very well.


Employee Appreciation Gift

We love everything Freddie’s Flowers are doing at the moment. Imagine a seasonal bunch of flowers arrives each month which you award to your ‘Employee of the Month’ to take home or put on their desk.  If we’re talking about visible gifts – it doesn’t get much more visible than these…

Employee of the month flower subscription

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