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It’s the Little Things that Matter

It’s the Little Things that Matter

Recognizing a job well done is a fantastic way to perk up employee performance. It can be a powerful motivator and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. It just takes some creativity and a willingness to say “thank you”.

When you are developing your rewards system to motivate and retain a top-performing team, create perks that are company-wide and some that highlight specific individuals who have done a great job.

Some suggestions:

  • Take employees who put in extra hours to complete urgent projects out to a nice dinner or slip them tickets to a movie, play or concert.
  • Write a thank you to those who give excellent service to customers and post it in a prominent and visible space.
  • Give an extra half or full day off to show appreciation for exceptional workers. However, this should be exercised with caution, as it is likely to lose impact over time; also places a heavier burden on the remaining staff.
  • Offer bonuses. They don’t have to be grand but they are proven motivators and appreciated by employees.
  • Publicize your customers’ praise of an outstanding employee
  • Make sure to pass on any letters or comments from customers.
  • Sending a team email or taking time during a staff meeting are great ways to extend recognition.
  • Encourage your team members to recognize their peers by nominating a ‘team player of the week’ or ‘MVP’.
  • Link bonuses to yearly net profits so that all employees work towards a common company goal — profit-related pay. By taking the time to be creative in your rewards program, you save money and gain a competitive advantage against like-size and bigger organizations that are competing for

Creative rewards inspire loyal employees who work hard to make the company successful. When you care about your people, they’ll care about your company.