Student Employee Appreciation Week
Our student employees contribute to the academic and extra-curricular aspects that make The University of Akron such an excellent community of higher education. The Office of Student Employment encourages campus departments to take time during National Student Employment Week (April 14-18, 2014) to let their student employees know how much their work is appreciated.
National Student Employment Week is a week designated to honor and recognize the contributions of all student employees of The University of Akron, acknowledging their efforts motivates, encourages, and thanks student employees while providing incentives for them to continue their efforts.
While budgets are tight a thank-you email or face-to-face compliment helps to show student employees how much their contributions are valued. Throw a pizza party, take your students out to lunch, decorate your office, bring cookies, send a thank you card etc….
Recognition for Student Employees
Buy low cost, blank certificates and make up silly awards for students: best telephone voice, best web surfer, etc.
Good Egg Award
Cookies, Cookies, Cookies
Snack Goodie Bag
Certificates of Appreciation
Pat on the Back
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
Make a banner to hang for the whole week in your office.
Decorate an office bulletin board or the office door for the week in recognition of your students.
Invite to your home for dinner. There is nothing better than a home cooked meal for a student.
Use YOUR imagination.... A simple THANK YOU for all you do will go a long way!
Additional ideas include:
Throw a party! Could be: potluck lunch, pizza, ice cream, chip & dip, milk and cookies, dessert, breakfast, etc
Take your students out to lunch
Bring in cookies or other baked goods
Give them a gift certificate to a local restaurant or the Bookstore
Write each student a personalized note of thanks
Give flowers or balloons
Make a coupon booklet. Include coupons for free sodas, a 15 minute-late-to-work pass, a dozen homemade baked goods, etc
Buy them a gift with the University of Akron logo such as a sweatshirt, bumper sticker, etc
Create certificates of appreciation
Decorate your office
Put together care packages
Send a note of appreciation to the families of your student employees. Let them know
what the student does, how their work impacts your department, etc
Create a “Thank You” Poster/Card and have all the office staff sign it
Surprise students with small tokens of appreciation such as candy, cookies, or a treat bag.
Here is a sample list of mementos with a message:
- Extra Gum - Thanks for going the extra mile!
- Mint - You are a breath of fresh air to our office!
- Smartie - To remind you of the expertise you share with others!
- Life Saver - Thanks for being a real life saver!
- Starburst - You're a star!
- Fireball - Thanks for keeping us fired up!
- Nestle Crunch - Thanks for your help at crunch time!
- Gold chocolate coins - Student employees are worth their weight in gold!
- Andes mints/peppermint patties - Your service is worth a mint to us!
Have an In-Office Competition with prizes
Let's show our student employees how much they are valued during National Student Employment Week.