Taking all the right steps but STILL struggling to increase employee morale? Having a difficult time creating a fun AND productive office environment? On a tight budget and can't afford increasing salaries or spending a lot of money? It can be frustrating trying to establish a recognition program that fits your employees. At Clear Path Employer Services, we say thank you and try to show our appreciation in many ways. We make an effort to consistently catch ourselves and other people doing things right. The ideal reward system should be enjoyable, effective, and it shouldn't hurt your wallet! So how exactly do we create a system that consistently rewards employees in a fun and interactive way? The answer is... CREATIVITY! Think outside the box to boost your employees' motivation to work. Your employees will appreciate the effort and have fun along the way! To help we have put together a list of the top five creative and unusual ways a company can recognize their employees!
Number 5: Pass the buck
Pass the buck is a fun technique used to increase motivation and customize the employee rewards. This consists of giving some sort of token to the employee who accomplished the company's objectives. The employees will collect these tokens and cash-in for bigger prizes. Remember to be creative! Tokens may consist of play money, stickers, or even company pencils. Prizes may include a longer lunch break or choosing the next social event!
Number 4: Office musical
Recognize an employee's effort by surprising them with a song during the work day! Be sure to keep tabs on your employees' favourite songs or even write a song of your own. Ask other co-workers to join in the celebration and compliment your singing with some dance moves!
Number 3: Make a collage
Take the time to create a collage of photos and information about the employee and their growth within the company. Remember to be creative; include personal photos, office photos, and previous accomplishments! Call a team meeting at the end of the day and present your collage to the office!
Number 2: Pass on the praise
"Pass the Praise" works by establishing a rule that if an employee hears any positive comments about another employee (let's say... a great sale day or huge promotion), they will forward the information to two or more employees within the company. The two employees that received the information will forward the same information to another two employees each. This will cause a chain effect where that positive comment is spread across the office and the employee is recognized throughout the company!
Number 1: Sticky note their desk!
Number 1 on our list and a very creative way to recognize your employees is to cover their desk with sticky notes! Arrive at the office an hour before work starts and pile sticky notes of their desk recognizing them for their accomplishments!
Keep in mind there are many ways to appreciate your employees without spending a lot of money. Consistently showing appreciation will increase employee morale, increase productivity, and lighten up the office's atmosphere. Remember to be creative and think outside the box!
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