A lack of recognition is the number one cause of employee dissatisfaction. Give creatively to employees, and they will give back productivity, loyalty and team spirit.
Here are low-cost ways to reward employees:
If Kelly was drinking coffee while working on a report until 2 am, post a sign on the coffeemaker dedicating it to her. Name the conference room after the employee who scored a big account. Change the names as the people who deserve recognition change.
Bribe the spouse.
Show appreciation to the support person behind the star employee. A simple note works. Flowers, wine or dinner is even better.
Macy’s employees enjoy discounted store purchases, but how do you give discounts to employees at a plastics factory? If your plastics company sells to a toy manufacturer, ask the manufacturer to give your employees a discount on its merchandise in December. Or if you’re buying bulk coffee at discounted prices for the office, buy extra cases that employees can purchase at the same rate.
Encourage employees to applaud one another.
One way is to take turns awarding a special coin or trophy at monthly meetings. The reigning champion could make a short speech praising the person that he/she felt contributed the most over the past month and then present the award to the new winner.
Create a Wall of Fame in a public space to showcase employee accomplishments.
Display awards employees have won, or simply post a letter from a satisfied customer.
Put on a one-minute parade.
To celebrate a star employee, march around his desk wearing newspaper hats and blowing kazoos.