According the size, culture and dynamic of every company. An appreciation plan will be scheduled. The goal is to find a time one a month or once a quarter where individuals can leave their desks and all levels of hierarchies will reunite to enjoy a good time with some yummy food in the center of the table. (Please dont bring the same store-bought disgusting cake every month) Expectation and excitement need to be created, allergies and good healthy choices should be included. On this pre-scheduled planed a budget will be assigned. Remember this is an investment on the employees' morale which will yield in amazing dividends. Depending on that budget it will be decided if a breakfast, lunch or only snack bar should be considered. However the key is to make sure "good quality food will be on that table and some unexpected elements included" Depending on the dates assigned, a "theme" will be chosen. It could be tied to a National Holiday. Décor, photo props, a photo booth, crazy touches should be planned. Those are the one that will encourage fun conversations, that will ignite the spark that everyone together can utilize. Most important this gathering should be utilized to bring some honor and recognition to team members. It could be for birthdays, for work anniversaries for departmental victories. Being consistent and creative. Little touches go a long way. The other important piece is to "personalize" this celebrations. Find out in advance about preferences, allergies, diet restrictions, about what would make those celebrants to SMILE and feel special. Bring the surprise factor, get out of the box. These are the moments to clap, to recognize, to honor, to laugh, to take pictures, to get to know each other better and to make memories together. If these gatherings are exciting and different every time, everybody will be eager to attend and contribute to the moment. "A team that eats together, stays together" There is some productive magic when a organization is able to transform ORDINARY moments into JOY!