Remembering to say, “I appreciate you and thank you.”

Be Different. Deliver Excellence.

  • The Best Time of Year!

    The Best Time of Year!

    Tony Golobic and Doug Olson kickoff the Awards Banquet presentation.

  • Congratulations Outstanding Achievers!

    Congratulations Outstanding Achievers!

    Peer nominated award winners for 2016.

  • Roarrrr like a lion!

    Roarrrr like a lion!

    David Pohlman shares this year's sales success and high achievers.

  • "Business Support" has a new meaning!

    Chad Greenlee, Samie James, Kate Lyon, Steve Goedken and emcee Scott Schulte, perform vocals.

  • The GreatAmerica Family

    The GreatAmerica Family

    Tony Golobic thanks the entire GreatAmerica family at the annual Awards Banquet.

Jun 21, 2016

The Importance of Employee Appreciation and Recognition

It’s so easy to get caught in the day-to-day grind. Our days can be packed full of meetings, projects, urgent requests, unplanned conversations and other events that can’t be anticipated. No matter how crazy our days get, at GreatAmerica and Collabrance, we make time to recognize our team and show our appreciation – it is part of our company culture!

Employee appreciation and recognition can be as simple as fully engaging in a conversation with a person when they come to talk to you (yes, that means not looking at the email or phone), or praising them with awards and events. Here is a short video on why this is so important to a company, and what we do:


Once a year, we get the entire company together for our annual Awards Banquet. This black-tie event starts with awards at the local Paramount Theatre, followed by a first-class reception hosted at the Cedar Rapids Country Club with dinner, drinks and dancing. Employees have fun going out together and celebrating the company's success.

One of the reasons we put so much effort into our annual Awards Banquet is because we understand that the team is what drives our performance, revenue, morale, and success. It’s important to create and give employees a place they love to come every day. When you speak to someone who loves there job, it shows through in better service levels and customer satisfaction.

We just celebrated our annual Awards Banquet, and it reminded me to take time with all employees to say, "thank you" and let them know how much they are appreciated. It goes a long way!


Photos taken by employees at the annual Awards Banquet.

Category: Leadership

About The Author

Doug Grimm

Doug Grimm, Vice President and General Manager, is responsible for the overall vision, including sales, marketing, operations, strategic leadership and financial performance. Prior to joining Collabrance in 2012 as the Senior Analyst, Doug started at GreatAmerica in 2002. Before working at GreatAmerica, he served in various finance and accounting roles for a publicly traded company in the telecommunications industry. Doug began his professional career with Arthur Andersen LLP. In his tenure with GreatAmerica, he has held various positions within the finance department, and also served as the Director of Sales in the Office Equipment Group. Doug earned his B.A. in Accounting from Luther College and was a Certified Public Accountant.