10 Unique Ways To Appreciate and Reward Your Employees

By  //  December 18, 2018

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Even a small “Thank You” can change a life. Appreciation is something every person yearns for. It is like the engine oil in a vehicle that keeps it moving without causing any turbulence.

Even a small “Thank You” can change a life.

Appreciation is something every person yearns for. It is like the engine oil in a vehicle that keeps it moving without causing any turbulence.

The same goes for employee recognition.

Employees are the driving force of any organization. It’s their hard work that helps a business grow and succeed.

Employees deserve appreciation for the work they put in for their company.

Have a look at a few statistics that show the importance of employee recognition:

  1. Global studies reveal that 79% of employees quit their jobs because of ‘lack of appreciation’ by their managers.
  2. 12% of workers say they are likely to leave their job because they don’t feel appreciated.
  3. 69% of employees believe they can work harder if their efforts are being appreciated. (Source: SocialCast)
  4. 50% of employees believe appreciation from their managers can help them build trust with them.  (Source: Cicero Group)

The above statistics make it quite clear that employee recognition:

  1. Motivates employee to be more productive.
  2. Boost their morale.
  3. Helps in building better relationships with their managers and bosses.
  4. Helps in employee retention.

There are many ways to appreciate your employees. From pay hikes to holiday tour packages, you can reward your employees in various ways. But it is not always the money that matters. There are many other ways to say THANK YOU to your employees and appreciate their efforts.

Here are a few low-cost yet effective employee recognition tips:

Clap, Clap, and Clap!

Greet them with claps as they enter the office! They would love it. Or simply get them into the conference room and give them a standing ovation. Make them feel like an “ACHIEVER” in the simplest way.

Go SOCIAL

Let the world know about their achievement. Let them celebrate their victory with the entire world!

Use the social media platform and shout out loud to the world about their achievements. Reward them by posting their pictures across various networks – in your profile, in recommendations on LinkedIn, in relevant Facebook groups etc. Or simply set their photo with the caption “Best Employee” as the Facebook Cover Photo of your company.

Recognizing your employees socially will boost the confidence of others as well. 

Make them the Boss for a Day

Every employee dreams of becoming Boss in his or her life. Give them the opportunity! Assign them certain top-level responsibilities for a day. Discuss and seek ideas on major organizational issues from them. This will also help you understand their thoughts and know them better as an employee. You might certainly see a new leader in your team.

Celebrate with them

The corporate hierarchy is a huge barrier to building trust among the employees. Often, executives and mid-level employees do not get any chance to enjoy with their seniors and top managers.

As such, removing this barrier for a day can be very encouraging for them. Call them up in your cabin during the evening break and share a cup of coffee with them. You can also throw a small in-house party to celebrate their achievements with them. Isn’t it a great way to make them feel special?

Leave no good action of your employees unnoticed. Give them a token of appreciation for every small or big milestone they achieve.

Token of Appreciation

Leave no good action of your employees unnoticed. Give them a token of appreciation for every small or big milestone they achieve. Custom-made lapel pins can be a great way to do so. At Vivipins, you can get your lapel pins customized easily. Customized lapel pin with “Achiever of the day” imprinted on it will definitely make your employee feel honored.

Broadcast Appreciation Email

Share their achievement with each and every member of your company by sending an appreciation mail and forwarding it to all. Good wishes and congratulations messages will make them feel good all day long.

Explore their CREATIVITY

According to the research conducted by Exeter University’s School of Psychology, it was found that employees who are responsible for designing their workspace are happier and 32% more productive.

To appreciate and reward your employees for their accomplishments, you can ask them to select designs of their choice for your workspace. The best way here is to give them a budget and allocate a space to try out their creativity.

Keep a ‘Good Book’

Encourage your employees to write down their achievements daily in the Good Book. You may ask them to include their personal accomplishments also. Schedule a meeting every week and ask your employees to read aloud their weekly accomplishments. This will ensure that even their smallest accomplishments do not go unnoticed.

You can throw a small get together during the break hour every few weeks to celebrate their accomplishments. Or you can reward them during the monthly birthdays and company anniversary celebrations with trophies and certificates.

Small Events

You can throw a small get together during the break hour every few weeks to celebrate their accomplishments. Or you can reward them during the monthly birthdays and company anniversary celebrations with trophies and certificates. Here, you can also honor them with customized Vivipins.

Flexible Rewards

How about leaving a note on their desk that says, “You may leave two hours early to celebrate your achievement”?  If they worked late night to complete a task, reward them with a rebate in their working hours on the day of their choice. You can also offer them the flexibility of taking a day off if they have achieved something really great. 

Every employee wants to relax for a while after giving their 100% to their work. Above all, they should be given the flexibility to celebrate their achievements with their dear ones too.

Take Away

Employee recognition plays a very crucial role in the development of any organization. If you cannot make your employees happy, expecting their dedication and efforts is a waste. You run your business with the expectations of earning profits and reputation in the industry. In the same way, your employees expect small acts of gratitude to feel their efforts are being noticed and appreciated.

Hence, make employee recognition your top priority!

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