Employee Recognition

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Write “thank you” on every paycheck. This era tends to text thank-yous, but a handwritten note goes a long way. You can’t just preach it; it’s an active thing.

Student employees from India approached a manager at Murray State University and said they would like to do a hot line of authentic Indian food for everyone.

Employees who work during the holidays receive a $6 dining-facility credit. Staffers can use it to pick up items to help spend less time in the kitchen.

Susan Santos, assistant director at Penn State University in University Park, Pa., won the Steal This Idea contest held at MenuDirections 2015 in Memphis, Tenn., last month.

Each month we allow the hourly employee with the best attendance record to trade places with a manager for one day.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we had an Iron Chef competition for all the female chefs at the account.

Employees are assembled into teams and then asked to find things, such as the nearest fire extinguisher or a fellow employee who has a child in high school.

Employees who do something above and beyond are awarded a certificate and they get to choose any #10 can of food from our storeroom.

To try to build camaraderie among foodservice and housekeeping staff, who don’t really know each other, we created an ice cream social.

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