While cash bonuses can be a helpful benefit to employees, cash does not have the personal feel most employees crave. Your hires want to feel they are indispensable to the company. Appreciation gifts can help with employee retention and satisfaction and, surprisingly, may also increase customer satisfaction as they respond to happy employees. No matter what a company’s budget may be, there are numerous sweet and thoughtful ways to show employees how much they are appreciated.
Remembering Special Days
Employers can start by remembering days that are special to each employee. This could include having a cake on each employee’s birthday, or a plaque honoring certain employee anniversaries. Employees may also appreciate office parties for holidays, such as occasions and events for Christmas or New Year’s Day.
Paid Days Off
What is even better than money, is a paid day off of an employee’s choosing. Employers can reward star employees with a day off for them to relax, spend with families, or do something of their own choosing.
Lunch on the Company
Occasionally having a lunch catered for all employees can show workers that their bosses really do care about them. The cherry on top for this surprise would be getting to spend time with the boss during the lunch in a non-threatening, friendly environment.
Employee Appreciation Photos
Creating a wall of photos can be a great way to surprise and honor one or two employees each month. Employers should be sure to mark what is being honored on each plaque or photo.
Small Gifts for Office Use
Companies with small budgets may only be able to afford small gifts. Giving something little, such as a special Naag Tag name Tag, lanyard, or company name tags, a potted plant for each cubicle, or a thermal coffee mug, can be enough for employees to remember how treasured they are each day they use them.
Sometimes, a simple handwritten thank you note can be just the personal touch your employees crave. Employers should be sure to mention specific things for which they are grateful, to make the note as personal as possible.
Any of these surprises can motivate employees to remain loyal to the company and give their best efforts. Employees who feel appreciated then give customers better service, work harder for the company, and feel more satisfied with their job and their lives. Employers who regularly put in this effort will find that they have loyal workers for decades.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.
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