By Kieran Ford
Everyone loves a reward right? That feeling of your work being recognised by your employer can fill you with a sense of pride and achievement, even if you’re afraid to show that to your colleagues! When looking to reward your employees in some way, perhaps the idea of verbal praise could quickly become too trivial and dated. If you are struggling to find alternative ways of recognising your employee’s achievements, here are 5 ways that are sure to raise the moral of your workforce.
This is the tried and tested way of rewarding your employees, and one that would probably be the first thing that would spring to mind when giving your workforce physical recognition for their good work. The scope for creating something really special is infinite. Award EFX can manufacture bespoke trophies to make the design personalised to your workplace, which could add a humorous and quirky element to your awards. Giving something tangible, which can sit on an office desk or even mantelpiece at home, is a proven option.
- Day Trips (“Employee Appreciation Day”)
This would be applicable if you are especially pleased with the attitude or work ethic of your whole staff of employees. An unofficial holiday has been set up in order for companies to honour the work of their entire workforce. This is celebrated on the first Friday of March and could really give your staff an event to look forward to, and a chance to socialise with fellow employees outside the workplace. Your company can implement this into your calendar by organising a barbecue or a sit down meal, which should aid the consolidation of a happy workforce.
- Wall of Fame
A designated wall in your workplace recognising past and present employee’s achievements is an idea that has been used for a while but is still seldom used in the workplace of companies. This gives your employees an aspiration to sit with pride on a wall of the office. The idea that their award is frequently in the view of their peers should appeal to your employees, and be sure to add the reason why they are on there and to include their cheesiest smile as they will be over the moon with their award.
- Thank You Notes/Emails
Something as simple as a direct thank you message to one of your employees can be a useful tool in maintaining their hard work towards the company. By leaving a small note on their desk or sending them a short email highlighting their successes will go a long way towards a continuation of this good work. To make this even more personal, send this to their personal email address or send a note to their home address in order for their close friends/relatives to share their successes.
- Promote Achievements On Social Media
We live in an age in where the biggest kind of promotion is the internet, so use it! If your employee does a good deed, as well as using another award, it is free to post an article on the company website or social media outlet. This means that the employee in question can share their achievements with their friends and family, which will heighten the sense of self satisfaction and pride. This also adds content to the company’s online persona, and allows for regular updates without making the website or Facebook/Twitter account etc. stale.
There are many creative ways available for you to reward the achievement of your employees, whether that is on a personal level or by rewarding the whole workforce. This helps improve company morale and could help the company to appeal to new employees, and most importantly will improve the standard or work produced by your staff.