12 Ideas For Employee Appreciation
Happy U.S. Thanksgiving! This year, express your gratitude by… showing gratitude! There are many different ways you can let your employees know that you appreciate them: a special letter, a reward incentive, or even a kind word. Gratitude doesn’t require any special training, all it takes is sincerity and a willingness to show appreciation. Showing employees appreciation will help to create a “we’re in this together” mentality, a better workplace environment and, in the end, better results.
So how CAN you show your appreciation? See below for a dozen ideas.
1. Say Thank You
More often than not, a simple “thank you” or “good job” from a boss can make a huge difference in the day-to-day life of an employee. Everyone wants to be recognized for their hard work, so have your managers, executives, and owners give employees special notifications, messages, or personal lunch meetings
2. Be Specific
Offering broad praise such as “Great job on last week’s work,” is nice; offering specific, detailed praised is better. Make the individual feel unique by including accurate details on their contribution. Example: “Excellent job on the XYZ project–I loved how you were able to wow the client with that great sales pitch, and the image mockups you included were fantastic!
3. Shine The Employee Spotlight
Implement an employee of the month program and let your star employees shine! A bio is a great thing to include, as it allows your employees to share parts of their lives. Allow nominations from the staff to make this a team effort and award.
4. Award Hard Work
Really show your appreciation and gift your employees an incentive or loyalty card. Let your employees buy what they want, when then want. Here are 7 Reasons Why An Incentive Card Is The Perfect Holiday Gift.
5. Educational Excellence
Encourage people at your workplace who are enrolled in continuing education. Not only will it make them feel good about it, but it will also benefit the employee and your company in the long run.
6. Plan a Potluck
Collaborate with your staff to plan a company-wide potluck. Everyone loves a good meal, and it’s a fun way to breakup the day.
7. Happy Hours / Dinner
Dinner or drinks with colleagues is a great way to build camaraderie and loyalty in the workplace. Even if the event is sponsored or expensed by your company, people will still appreciate it.
8. Milestones Matter
Celebrate with your employees when they achieve big life goals, like the birth of a child, marriage, completing a marathon, or a special project. Offer them a reward. Celebrate National Gratitude Month By Gifting An Incentive Card
9. Small Accomplishments Count Too!
Don’t just celebrate big milestones or sales quotas–also make sure to take note and show gratitude for the little things, even if it’s just a note, email, or quick shoutout in a team meeting. Keep a calendar so you don’t forget birthdays!
10. Awards Night
Host a year-end awards party and actually offer rewards your employees want. 16 Statistics That Prove Employee Incentives Are A Must
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Offer an incentivized points system, that your employees can use like cash, to reward good behaviour. How An Incentive Program Can Increase Employee Retention
12. In Person = Personal
Speak to an employee or coworker in person, if possible, rather than sending an email.