Show Your Appreciation


As a business owner, it is easy to get caught up in making sure your members are happy with the way you are running your business, but do you ever take the extra time to think about your employees? These are the people that are making sure everything gets done and your athletes are getting the most from their experience at your Box.

Successful employee recognition programs could lead to higher productivity and profits for your business. In studies by the Queens School of Business and by the Gallup Organization, disengaged workers had 37 percent higher absenteeism, 49 percent more accidents and 60 percent more errors and defects. The numbers don’t lie, and in this case, they are proving the benefits of having an employee appreciation program set in place.

But, where can you start? Here are a few examples of ways other companies are appreciating their employees without spending a dime.

Create a Program

The transport staff at the Staten Island University Hospital Radiology Lab wheels patients around daily for various tests. However, they were consistently falling short of their goal for number of moves per hour. Thus, their Go the Extra Mile program was formed where employees could nominate each other for a GEM award (about who moved the most??). Then the nominees are compiled at the end of every month to show that month’s overall winner.

Weekly Meetings

SnackNation, a healthy snack delivery service company, hosts Friday “Crush-It” calls. Each Friday, the employees gather together and go around the room stating two things: a “crush” someone on the team had that they feel deserves recognition and something they are grateful for. It’s a great opportunity for the staff to not only recognize each other and take advantage of positive thinking, but also bring that person’s hard work to the attention of the entire team.

Spontaneous Celebrations

Typeform has a tradition that has become a staple for their company appreciation culture: rounds of applause. Whenever someone at the company does something noteworthy — however big or small — anyone can start a round of applause. The whole office then joins in, no matter if they know what they are applauding for or not. The person receiving the applause knows what’s going on though, which is what matters.

The words that pop up often when researching appreciation programs are to make them frequent, genuine and specific. While it may not be feasible for your gym to be pausing to start a round of applause for an employee, the idea can be used to create something specific to your Box. A happy employee makes a happy gym owner, and we all love a happy gym owner, right?

Kaitlyn is a staff writer for Peake Media. Contact her at