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We frequently give out formal recognition and rewards on our unit, but I'm wondering if you could give me some examples of informal ones?

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  • Simply recognize a staff member for a job well done in front of other staff on a daily basis.
  • Forward to the entire staff specific e-mails you receive that name a specific person for some accomplishment.
  • Create a "pass along" award. It may be some sort of trophy, a button, or stuffed animal that has meaning to the group. Establish a rule that the recipient must pass the award along to another deserving person within two weeks of receiving it.
  • Give individual staff members their own days. Recognize special people, achievements, or actions by declaring a work date as their day. Announce that next Tuesday is "Chris Smith Day," and ask all the staff to say or do something to contribute to the celebration.
  • Frequently point out what a great team you have.

—Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, and Dennis Sherrod, EdD, RN