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