As a manager, boss, or higher-up, you know that your employees work their butts off year-round. They get all their tasks done, and sometimes put in extra hours to earn their paychecks. In a world where tough-as-nails leadership seems to take precedence, you may want to reward your employees for their work, to recognize their time and efforts.
The good news is that there are fun ways to do this! Whether you have a huge budget or none at all, there are some things you can do to raise morale and thank your employees for dealing with grating customers, menial tasks, and heavy workloads. The following are five suggestions you can work with.
You would be surprised how often people go without a “thank you.” These two words can make all the difference in the world, and you can further that act by publicly thanking your employee. For example, if you work in retail and you wear headsets, congratulate an employee for a particularly good sale so all can hear. She will feel more appreciated. Or, if you work in a more corporate environment, give your employees handwritten notes. These are more personal than typed notes, and your employee will feel like you actually put effort into the handwritten letter.
Few things excite people more than free food. Reward your employees for a job well done with something simple but delicious, like a pizza party or homemade cupcakes, depending on the size of your office. You can ask the local ice cream man to drive over once a week, and provide your workers with ice cream! There are so many ways you can do this.
Hold Work Showers
Every birthday, wedding, or birth should be celebrated, even at the office. Make sure you recognize each of these happy occasions in each employee’s lives, to make them feel appreciated. Once a month, hold a party with cake for everyone with a birthday that month. For weddings and births, get the office together for a party with some kind of refreshments. Celebrating these events will make employees feel that you care about all of them.
Every week, choose a different employee. Then, have everyone in the office write something nice about them, and pin those notes up on a designated bulletin board, along with that employee’s photo, for everyone to see. By targeting every employee, you can boost confidence and morale simultaneously, making the office a friendlier, happier place. Workers will get the warm fuzzies seeing all those lovely things said about them!
Flex Hours / Telecommunication
Nothing sparks more productivity than having a flexible schedule. This says that you trust your employees to put in the necessary time to get things done, and care enough about their time and personal lives to let them choose their own schedules. By allowing them to work from home, or call in from the road, they can center work around their lives, rather than the discouraging other way around. It is guaranteed that your employees will feel better, and thus work better.
Reminding your employees that they are an integral and appreciated part of the business is imperative to productivity and morale. During Customer Service Week (October 1-5), make sure to thank them heartily for their hard work and dedication. You will reward them, and they will reward you with higher quality and more passionate work. Help them love their job.