With big cash bonuses a fading memory, workplace niceties mean more than ever. Next time an employee goes the extra mile, consider these inexpensive thank-yous:

A handful of lottery tickets

A gift tailored to his or her hobby — new state quarters for a coin collector, the latest Diana Krall CD for the torch song lover.

A half-day off on Friday

Flowers Even a supermarket bouquet says you noticed.

Source: 1001 Ways to Reward Employees, by Bob Nelson and Kenneth H. Blanchard

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