Never underestimate the power of a simple thank you. Symmes Maini & McKee Assocsiates built a culture around appreciation by providing a well-stocked supply of thank you notes and gift certificates for employees to give to one another at any time to recognize teamwork or exceptional individual efforts. SMMA acknowledges some of these above-and-beyond efforts with cash prizes at quarterly meetings. Every Friday, employees start their mornings together with a latte or espresso in the company kitchen, which CEO Ara Krafian says, "lets everyone take a break from work and start thinking about their weekend."