Posted by Kim Coleman on February 26th, 2018
As an employer, you always want to show your employees that you appreciate them, especially on Employee Appreciation Day (the first Friday in March). However, spending an exorbitant amount of money to demonstrate your gratitude is a bit extreme and is a predicament many organizations find themselves in. You want to reward your workers, but don’t necessarily have a huge budget for it.
No worries though, we are here to help! The key thing is to know how individual employees want to and like to be recognized therefore customizing rewards will ensure that each of your valued workers feel appreciated. Here are a few quick and easy ideas that you still have time to execute:
An oldie but a goodie! Although it’s not as creative as you may like, have you ever heard of anyone complain about free treats? Whether it be cookies, coffee, breakfast, or just plain candy, it will make your team feel loved as soon as they walk in the door!
You open up your email in the morning and you are greeted by dozens, if not hundreds, of emails. Every day it’s the same old thing, so why not break out from the norm, stand out, and make an impact? Bring back the handwritten letter. Depending on the size of your team, this might not be scalable on short notice! However, a quick “thank you” goes a long way. Just make sure the notes include something personal – try to think of specific examples of why you appreciate each individual.
Maybe you don’t have the time or budget to get a little something for everyone – so why not make a purchase everyone can share! Try to think of some of the pain-points in your office and how you could fix them. Try to find something everyone can enjoy. It could be anything! A new coffee machine, projector for the conference room, new chairs, or new monitors!
Give them back an hour of their day. Kicking off happy hour at 4:00 or getting a few extra errands finished before the weekend will definitely lift their spirits. A simple email saying, “You’ve done well. Now, go enjoy!” will certainly spread smiles across the office.
It may seem juvenile, but from our experience, people love being called out for doing good things and being recognized. It’s unexpected, noticeable, and will brighten everyone’s day. Anything works really, street art with chalk, tagging cars, social media shout outs, or even TV and radio shout outs!
Of course employees should be appreciated every day, not just once a year, but without employee engagement, your workers will lose interest in their job. The cost of replacing and training a new worker are much too high to ignore. By showing your employees appreciation on a regular basis, you will retain more of your talent and foster an environment of excellence. People tend to do their best work when they’re happy and in good spirits.