Having a hard time finding employee appreciation gifts?
Hiring people to work for you is one thing; motivating them to deliver your vision is another. Employee recognition can play a major role in reinforcing the behaviors you want. While most organizations have incentives based on monetary benefits, managers often forget the impact that small gestures and employee gifts can have. Here are 5 staff appreciation ideas that can make every day into an employee appreciation day.
Award Certificates / Certificates of Excellence:
It may not seem as important for you but written appreciation, especially when awarded in presence of colleagues, can be a big boost to some employees. In addition to a variety of ready-to-print templates online, you can also buy pre-made certificates covering a variety of accomplishments. Make sure to follow up with a 1:1 visit to reinforce to the employee how proud you are of their accomplishment.
Gift cards are in very heavy use - in fact, $130 billion is spent on them annually in the US alone. They can be a great and appreciated award, but per our previous blog post, can also be seen as impersonal gifts devoid of a real message. We recommend pairing gift cards with something a bit more personal for more impact.
With thousands of online vendors, these have become a very cost effective item that can help drive "affiliation" (a feeling of belonging) among team members. In addition, they also help get your company name out there in the public. Make them quirky so that they're a bit more interesting. Take it a step further and have a contest to design the next company t-shirt!
Other Small Tokens of Appreciation:
With roots in military history, badges, medals, or coins of appreciation are a very effective way to show your confidence in your employees. You can also couple these with gift cards or other gifts so that the employee receives both monetary and non-monetary awards. We've developed an exclusive set of gift card boxes that also hold our coins.
The Classic Thank You Note:
The classic "thank you note" is a hard one to beat. Seeing your manager's thoughts in writing (yes, written with an actual pen) can be incredibly meaningful and can reinforce a personal connection.
Gratitude is the gift that gives back. If you show some genuine gratitude towards your achievers, they will reward you with performance. No matter which of these employee gifts you choose, make sure they come from the heart. Recognition is not a to do task to be performed on schedule but, instead, needs to be an expression of the manager's feelings. Treat it this way and it will show.
Bonus --- Your Time:
Perhaps the most appreciated but least obvious gift you can give your employee is time together. Take them to a lunch or just drop by their office for a long talk. Make sure you start off by telling them why you're there and let the conversation go where it might. Show that you care about this person as more than just an employee.
However you choose to do it, make sure you do find a way to recognize great work and...