Giving their blood, sweat, and (occasionally) tears, your employees are the backbone of your business. You couldn’t be successful without them. That’s why it’s so important to keep your workforce engaged and happy. Yet several studies find that a large percentage of employers are not hosting employee recognition celebrations and their employees aren’t “feeling the love”.

Recent research conducted by Interact, an intranet software provider, found that lack of appreciation by managers was employees’ top workplace complaint (63 percent of respondents), and 69 percent of employees said they would work harder if they felt more appreciated by their company. (Are you picturing Peter’s conversation with the Bobs in “Office Space” too??)

But on the flipside, when managers appreciate workers and their contributions, employee engagement consistently increases. That’s why employee recognition initiatives are a worthwhile investment for any company.


When it comes to giving your staff recognition for their hard work, a high-five or atta-girl/boy is nice, but to provide the reward your team members really deserve, you want to make it something distinct…memorable…gratifying. And an employee recognition celebration is a great way to hit all of those marks!

Here are some tips to make your employee recognition celebration an affair to remember.


One of the first planning steps for any event is to choose your venue. Obviously, your budget will inform your decision, but consider an outside-of-the-box option that goes beyond the standard restaurant or hotel ballroom. Maybe a historic building in your area (like The Mansion at Cedar Hill), a nearby rustic farm (like Owls Hoot Barn), or a riverside estate (like A Private Estate overlooking the Hudson) suits your corporate style?


Choose a theme for your celebration. Perhaps it’s something relevant to your company’s industry, or maybe it’s a little more whimsical and lighthearted. Whatever motif you select, create an invitation that sets the mood for the event, and then decorate your venue to match. Don’t forget to include families (or at least a plus one) on your invite list; it’s great for employees to be able to show-off their career successes to their loved ones.


Let’s be honest: How many parties or events have you been to where the main thing you remember is the food? That’s why selecting a delectably memorable variety of foods and beverages is perhaps the most important among the choices you’ll make for your employee recognition celebration, and the right caterer is crucial to this process. Consider foods that go along with your party theme—a luau featuring a whole pig roast, a lake or riverside beach bash with a variety of seafood entrees and umbrella drinks, or maybe a downhome barbecue under the stars, complete with all the fixin’s. (Be sure to accommodate employees’ dietary restrictions and preferences such as gluten-free or vegetarian options.)


Good food is great, but if the service is only “meh,” it may taste like disappointment to your guests. Be sure your caterer’s wait staff is both friendly and well-trained in etiquette and presentation. It might seem like a minor detail, but stellar service can take your event from so-so to spectacular!


One of the must-dos when you host an employee recognition event is to convey a message of appreciation to honor your super-star employees. Include individuals by name in your remarks, and enumerate the ways in which their hard work has contributed to the success of the company.


There are a number of ways to approach this piece, and your budget and corporate recognition program will inform your choice. Perhaps everyone in attendance will receive the same gift. Maybe you will give prizes and awards for specific tasks or achievements. You can even make a game out of it, playing BINGO or doing a raffle to draw for prizes. Whatever approach you choose, be sure to keep the atmosphere fun and festive!


Rogue Hospitality can help you plan a one-of-a-kind employee recognition celebration. Not only can we help you develop a delectable, creative menu, we can work with a variety of venues and provide highly trained and attentive service staff. Our Special event planners We can even help you brainstorm ideas for themes and décor.

Contact us today, and let’s start planning an event that will show your employees that you think they are worth their weight in gold!