Strange Items of Recognition Given to Employees

Two-thirds (66%) of workers surveyed by staffing firm OfficeTeam said they’d likely leave their job if they didn’t feel appreciated. That’s up from 51% who responded that way in 2012. More than half (54%) of senior managers interviewed believe it’s common for staff to quit due to lack of recognition.

Employees polled were asked to recount the strangest form of recognition they’ve received at work. Here are some of their responses:

  • “A loaf of bread”
  • “A CD of music written and performed by a coworker”
  • “A custom statuette of me”
  • “Edible flowers”
  • “A large carving of a polar bear”
  • “An expired gift certificate”
  • “A golden key to an executive bathroom that didn’t exist”
  • “Socks”
  • “A misspelled plaque”
  • “A plush toy”
  • “Fresh meat from a hunting trip”
  • “A foam tombstone”
  • ”A jacket that was too short with sleeves that were too long”
  • “Grocery coupons”
  • “A $0.03 raise”
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