Recognition Toolbox

Recognition Home

Use this toolbox to find best practices, no / low cost ideas, and University-specific spending guidance for creating a culture of recognition and appreciation at NC State.

Best Practices

Here are some best practices to make your recognition and appreciation efforts as impactful as possible.

No / Low Cost Ideas

Don’t let a shoestring (or non-existent) budget get in the way of recognizing and appreciating NC State employees. Here are some no / low cost ideas to get you started.

How to Fund Recognition at NC State

If you have access to a gift account or discretionary funds, those can be used to purchase recognition and reward items. State appropriations cannot be used for this purpose.

Want to reward or recognize someone without it being taxable income? Follow these tips.

  • Keep the total value of all rewards and recognition presented to an employee throughout a single calendar year de minimis, or under $100 (excluding UHR Service Awards).
  • Avoid cash, check, or *gift card awards, all of which – at any amount – are reportable as income and subject to tax reporting. See NC State’s guidance on the taxation of gifts, prizes and awards.
  • Offer individualized, non-transferable and non-redeemable-for-cash gift certificates from NC State Stores and NC State Dining.
  • MarketPlace makes it easy to select and purchase recognition and reward items. Supervisors can purchase recognition and reward items under $25 dollars pending approval from their finance department.

To View and Order Items in MarketPlace

  • Go to My Pack Portal
  • Select the Financial Systems homepage from the dropdown
  • Select Market Place from the options
  • Click Shop the Marketplace
  • Enter “Roberts Group” in the keyword search box
  • Click the Roberts Group logo
  • Left hand side of screen under Categories, click on Employee Recognition
  • View items by sub-categories:
    • Bags, Totes & Coolers
    • Home & Office
    • Tech, Tools & Travel
    • Drinkware
  • Add items to cart for purchase


*A note about gift cards. If you do choose to recognize with gift cards, keep good records. Gift cards are taxable income, same as cash. Accounts Payable requires a listing of all names and employee IDs of those receiving a gift card recognition.