Fun, easy, and inexpensive ideas to celebrate your student employees
Treat Week – each day bring something different – cookies, popcorn, candy, etc.
Buy low cost, blank certificates and make up silly awards for students: best telephone voice, best web-surfer, etc.
Notes Home - send a note to the families of your student workers. Let them know what the student does, how their work impacts your department, and how terrific the student is for your department
Friendship Plants - take cuttings from a plant in the office and give to each student as a live "connection" to the office
Good Egg Award - buy plastic Easter Eggs, fill with goodies and give out with "Good Egg" certificates. List what the student did to deserve this award.
Bright Ideas - spray paint a light bulb gold, screw into a jar of play-dough and make a label around the jar naming who is receiving the “Bright Idea” award
Make a banner to hang in your office, or decorate an office bulletin board or door in recognition of your student employees
"You Rock" award - print "You Rock" on a rock and present it to someone when they go a good job. Encourage the student to present it to another member of the staff when they observe someone doing a good job.
Take pictures - post student pictures and list what wonderful things they do
Change the department phone message to recognize student employees
Use this week as an opportunity to start an award recognition program. Look around the office or at home for a white elephant item. Name the item for the award (Employee of the Month/Week, Great Idea Award, Gotcha Award - catch someone in the act of doing something good) and then make the first presentation of it during Student Employment Week