Nowadays, employee recognition is a vital part of doing business. Employees who feel appreciated tend to work harder and feel more satisfied with their work. The subsequent results are happier employees and productivity improvements, which in the long-term will boost bottom line profits.
Today’s economic climate has been tough on U.S. workers. Employees are being laid off in record numbers. Those who have managed not to get laid off are stuck attempting to do the job of one or more persons. This type of work environment makes it more necessary than ever to reward workers who are doing a good job. Though employees may be over-worked, they should never be under-appreciated. There are a number of ways companies can go to recognize their employees. We will take a look at a few ways below.
Employee Recognition Pins: Employee pins are a nice way to let workers know that you appreciate them or that they have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Pins work well because they can be worn anywhere, can be customized with a company’s logo, are reasonably priced and are ideal for placing inspirational messages on.
Staff Appreciation Day: Staff appreciation days also tend to go over well. Making that day special by catering in food, organizing a potluck, decorating the office and giving out small gifts are all ways to celebrate the staff.
Employee of the Month: Employee of the Month programs are still popular. When done correctly, they tend to bring out the competitiveness of employees as they strive to be named the top worker for that month. There are a number of ways to really sweeten the deal and get employees motivated. For instance, adding some sort of prize or “extra,” to the honor works. Try a free day off (or half day), a gift certificate or a designated parking spot.
Cash: Employees always enjoy receiving extra cash. This is especially true in today’s economy. Giving the best performers bonus money is a great way to “pat” hard workers on the back. Cash is a very good motivator.
Prizes: Prizes are also very much appreciated. Restaurant or retail gift certificates generally work perfect. They allow individuals to do something for themselves and possibly with a loved one, without spending any of their own money.
Employers are well served by showing their staff appreciation for their hard work and extraordinary efforts. Doing so will go a long way, especially if the work environment has become more taxing and stressful, perhaps due to lay-offs and expanded workloads. Employee recognition pins, staff appreciation days, employee of the month programs, cash and prizes are all excellent options.