The managers at the Ace Hardware Distribution Center in Tampa are always looking for new ways to say "thank you" to their employees.
They plan fishing trips and golf outings, host chili cook-offs and cater breakfasts.
They nominate employees with the best safety practices for a chance to grab some cash in the Safety Cyclone, a phone-booth-type machine that blows around $250 in cash. An employee's name is drawn out of a hat, and that person has a few seconds to snatch as many bills out of the air as possible.
Fun things like these, which also help raise money for Children's Miracle Network, the national charity Ace Hardware supports, aren't very expensive to put on, and are easy ways to show the staff how much they are appreciated, said center manager David Milner.
In addition, the staff also takes the time to honor an employee of the month and an employee of the year. On Veterans Day, the center's 13 veteran employees are presented with a cake and heralded with a small party.
"We really recognize that our people are our most valuable asset," Milner said. "We make sure they understand that and try to take care of them."