Three Ways To Motivate And Reward Your Employees

Posted on: 8 November 2017

A happy employee is a productive employee. Sounds obvious, but many employers forget to offer their workers any incentives or recognition. This can lead to a company moral problem, which will eventually lead to employees who do the bare minimum rather than investing of themselves in your business. Here are three ideas to build your company's recognition and employee awards program, and start building up your team.

Set Attainable Goals

Whether it's converting referrals into new customers, customer satisfaction surveys, or monthly sales goals, make sure you don't set the bar too high. Yes, you want your employees to always strive to excel, but you don't want to make the goals so unreasonable they'll never be able to meet them. This will only lead to frustrated employees who will eventually develop a dejected "why bother" attitude. Have clearly defined goals for each team and at the end of the month, give recognition where recognition is due. Celebrate their successes with them. By acknowledging their achievements and expressing gratitude, your employees will feel valued and motivated to continue trying to please you.

Throw A Party

Most businesses depend on their teams, and the continued cohesion of each team's members is important. Whether it's a monthly in-office party with a catered lunch, an evening out at a local restaurant, or a team building exercise that is both fun and requires them to work together, your business' bottom-line will benefit. For example, in many cities, there are escape rooms, where a group must work together to solve the clues and find their way out in a set amount of time. This is a great way to build both your teams and reward them with a fun outing. It will also give you the opportunity to see another side of your employees and get to know how they work a little better.

Reward With Things That Matter

While a printed paper certificate to hang on their cubicle is great for showing others their accomplishments, it doesn't really mean much more than that to most employees. In fact, it can end up feeling demeaning if this is the only reward they get.

Instead, put yourself in their shoes and think about what kind of rewards you would appreciate. Is your business high stress? Partner up with a local massage parlor and offer a stress-relieving massage session as the monthly prize. An extended lunch with the boss at a nice restaurant is another idea to consider; it will make the employee feel like more than a number, and it will also give you extra insight into any areas they feel may be improved.