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14 Ideas for Giving Your Recruiters the Recognition They Deserve

Recruiting is a demanding job – long hours, huge workloads, and the occasional cranky hiring manager. If your recruiters go above and beyond to get the job done, don’t miss the opportunity on June 5 (National Recruiter Recognition Day) to show how much you value their dedication. Here are more than a dozen ideas, some small and some larger, to help them feel appreciated.

Thank Them Personally

As your team’s leader and coach, your personal recognition carries a lot of weight. A handwritten note that details your respect for their personal contribution is a thoughtful thank you at any time of year. To make their national day special, carve out some time for them with one of these ideas:

  • Stop by their workspace with their favorite coffee drink or snack.
  • Give them the gift of time with a longer lunch or break, the option to leave early, or an afternoon off.
  • Designate a “team trophy” that can be passed on daily or weekly for stellar performance. Make the object you choose something meaningful to your team and introduce it on June 5th.
  • Upgrade their work environment with new chairs, better lighting or new technology.
  • Give the go-ahead for an individual passion project – something your recruiter(s) are truly excited about doing.

Company-Wide Recognition? Bring It

Your team’s impact goes beyond department goals. Give others in the organization a chance to praise your employees and reinforce the positive results of their hard work by:

  • Asking one of the company’s leadership team to stop by with his or her personal thanks
  • Praising your recruiters on a social or enterprise network, and making it shareable
  • Asking hiring managers to post a specific compliment and even a brief story about recruiters whose extra effort made a difference
  • Adding a message to your organization’s technology wall in the lobby recognizing your recruiters by name
  • Sending an enterprise-wide email detailing their achievements

Help Them Accelerate Their Career

Many modern recruiters are interested in building their skills and raising their profile within their professional community. Professional development may already be part of your organization’s game plan, but you can demonstrate your appreciation and respect for your recruiters by extending those efforts a bit further:

  • Approve time off for speaking opportunities
  • Make budget available for training and professional development
  • Send them to a conference of their choosing
  • Find recruiters a mentor within your organization

Whichever way you choose to celebrate National Recruiter Recognition Day, be sure it is meaningful to the individuals on your team. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does need to show you gave it thought and attention. As we all know, when that feeling of being appreciated at work is genuine, it is priceless.