5 Thoughtful Ways to Reward Your Staff

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Superlative Staff – 5 Thoughtful Ways to Reward Your Staff

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Yes, your staff receives an established wage from performing the tasks assigned to them, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a little something extra from time to time—a reward for going above and beyond for example. And rewarding your staff doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor, as sometimes the most meaningful gestures are free. If you are willing to consider giving your team a little something extra, below are five thoughtful ways to go about it:

5 Effective Employee Appreciation Ideas

1.    Branded Gifts

People are proud of where they work and want to show their place of business off. If you’re going to reward your team, give them something other people will see and ask them about. A hat, shirt, or vest can be surprisingly great conversation starters. If business wear doesn’t inspire your staff, there is a wide variety of options for branded corporate gifts, so don’t be afraid to do some research and branch out. The better you know your team, the more powerful the reward.

[Host blogger’s comments: The Designhill Logo Maker makes gifts with your company’s logo on them.]

2.    Write a Note

One thoughtful thing that you can do for your staff is to let them know that you see them and their efforts. Set aside 30 minutes a month to write a note to one staff member to let them know how much you appreciate them, citing specific examples. Alternatively, if your team communicates with group communication apps, you could publicly praise employees for jobs well done. A caveat, if you engage in public praise, be sure to be both fair and consistent so that your acknowledgments do not foster resentment instead of boosting morale.

3.    Give Time off for Philanthropy

Are your employees passionate about a particular cause? Do they spend their free time volunteering? If so, perhaps one of the most rewarding things you can do for your employees is to give them a paid day out of the office as a Philanthropic Day. If your employees are not committed to any specific cause, consider choosing one for the office so that you can serve together. You may find that your team bonds over both the activity and the intrinsic reward they receive from serving in their community.  

4.    Involve the Families

It is easy to forget that employees have families when all you see is them solo in the office. The fact is, every hour your employees spend with you is an hour they are away from their family. So why not thank their family members for investing in your company’s success? One of the most thoughtful ways to do this is to host a Family Day barbeque or picnic that employees and their loved ones can attend. Alternatively, you can also always pick up the phone and call their family, letting them know that you appreciate their sacrifice and that they have much to be proud of.

5.    Celebrate Birthdays

What better way to honor your employees than to celebrate the day they were born (if their religion permits such celebrations). This can take different forms based on the size of your office. In small offices, it is easier to take the entire office out to lunch, while in large offices it is more reasonable to do a monthly celebration with a cake for the birthday group.

When you reward your employees, you are not only thanking them for a job well done, you are telling them you are paying attention. Efforts such as writing them a note or thanking their family members have no monetary cost. If you are open to spending money, begin celebrating birthdays or giving out branded corporate items. If you want to go big, offer a paid day off for philanthropy. Investigate what has value to your staff and do that thing!

Readers, please share so other entrepreneurs learn about these five employee appreciation ideas.

I look forward to your views in the comments section. Are there any additional employee appreciation ideas you can suggest?

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  1. Holly G.

    Few things are more powerful (in my humble opinion) to the human condition than feeling appreciated, cared for and valued. Lets face it, life can get really tough! Knowing that all of our best efforts are serving a purpose makes a world of difference. When our morale is high – so is our productivity.

    Sadly, so many places of business now see their employees as dispensable and just a number. These workplaces are toxic and don’t encourage creativity whatsoever. It really affects people, in every area of their lives.

    I love how you’ve touched on some key areas that will break this toxic mindset from employers and truly encourage a healthy and happy workforce. What a different this would make for so many lives! I think mental health days are excellent too. As an introvert, I used to get absolutely overwhelmed by the constant stimuli around me, day in and day out. Being able to take a breather without repercussions would mean so much.

    Thanks for sharing a wonderful article Janice. As well as bringing awareness to a very important topic! Sending you well wishes and a wonderfully relaxing 4th of July!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Holly,
      These are beautiful comments. You could write a blog post about morale in the workplace using these thoughts!
      Of course, I agree with you. Moral in the workplace needs to be strong.
      I’m a teacher. I once had an admin who catered breakfast for the staff. I asked her why. She had no reason at all– she just wanted to make sure morale stayed strong. As a teacher, I’m in a career that encourages creativity. Sadly, as you wrote, too many people have no creativity in the workplace. They sit in cubicles alone doing clerical work. Thanks for contributing these important thoughts about the human condition.

  2. Doreen

    Greetings Janice,

    The suggestions for appreciating staff are great. Most firms fail to realize the significance of motivating staff regardless of their hard-work.

    In most cases, firms concentrate on increasing sales and revenues without considering the fact that employees are the key contributors to the successful growth of the organization. Just to add on the list, appreciating verbally through positive and encouraging words can do miracles in the life of the staff. Also, a simple “Good Morning” and “Have a nice day” are powerful.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Doreen,
      Thank you for adding to the suggestions. I’m a teacher. Sometimes, when my admins don’t say “Good morning,” I take it personally. Then, the next time I see them, they are as friendly as can be. Business owners should read your comments so morale would improve at the workplace.

  3. Melinda J Mitchell

    I think I will celebrate my birthday next year!! And say, My BBFFJ made me do it!!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi BBFFM,
      Forgive me for asking, but don’t you celebrate your birthday every year?

  4. Zoe Campos

    I definitely agree that it is very thoughtful for the management to recognize their staff even just through simple ways such as writing a note to let them know that they are appreciated and their hard work is recognized. An old friend came to me this morning to say goodbye since he’s moving back to his old place after resigning from a company that doesn’t have any solutions for employee recognition, and I felt bad for him because he was such a loyal worker. I hope other employees won’t experience the same thing that he did and will always be acknowledged for their work.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Zoe,
      I feel bad for him too. His employer should read this post =). Thanks for writing and sharing this story to make employers aware of how important employee recognition is. Rewarding your staff goes a long way toward achieving this goal.

  5. Jeffrey Harris

    It’s old school, but effective. Write your employee a note sharing your appreciation for them and their work. It can be in a simple card, or on the first page of a journal you give them. Plus, a sincere note could stay pinned on an employee’s wall for years, while a meaningless tchotchke could end up in the trash.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jeffrey,
      I like your rationale. An electronic note won’t get seen, but a handwritten note could get put on the bulletin board and viewed often.

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