However, when your employees complete outstanding tasks showcasing their profile in your reception or work area is a fantastic reward. Choose a different winner every month so that every employee feels recognized.
Identify a good location to dedicate a Wall of Fame to hang pictures and award titles for your colleagues. A quick social media blast or ceremony wouldn’t hurt either!
39. Celebrate Team Success
Keep in mind that your company is a whole made up of smaller parts, and those teams are working in cohesion to bring big wins to your business.
Remember to show your appreciation to individual departments for being able to pull off those larger projects.
Don’t let people convince you that this simple action isn’t powerful. Taking the time to write an appreciation letter to employees about why you are thankful is a wonderful habit to get into.
Here are a few ways you can voice your employee appreciation:
Thank you for being an inspiration to your colleagues!
Thank you for your hard work and dedication!
Thank you for making this office feel like a home!
37. Vacation Days
It’s no secret that employees like to save their vacation days for one or a few special trips throughout the year, but it’s easy to let those extra days fall through the cracks if their workload increases.
Offering an extra week or two of vacation time as a reward for stellar performance means that employee can enjoy a few more days on the beach, or take that extended weekend get-away!
Call it an Employee Appreciation Week and you will see much it helps to boost office morale!
36. Employee Bonus
Who doesn’t love a little extra cash? If paid time off or gifts don’t seem to fit, a bonus is an appropriate workplace incentive to reward success.
You may want to make this a part of your established work perk program so that the guidelines are clearly laid out.
Get ready, because you might find that your employees are going to spin into a flurry of activity to make their bonus!
35. Employee Education
Employees that work hard usually have their future in mind. Helping them reach their career goals is likely the best way to instill loyalty to your business and improve your employee’s performance in the meantime.
Many companies now budget for employee education, and there are plenty of online courses geared towards beginner, intermediate, and subject matter experts in every industry.
Not every office is located in the downtown core. It can be hard for employees to access quality lunches that are out in the boonies, so why not bring the delicious lunches to the office?
Lunch delivery catering can really add up, and there’s something about buying street food out of a stylish truck that adds a bit of extra flavour.
Ask around for the right choice, and organize the truck to drop in on a pre-arranged date. If it’s a hit, it may become a regular feature!
22. Thank You Speech
“Speech! Speeeeeeeech!” Listen, people want leadership.
A strong leader helps guide groups through changes and solidifies a sense of shared community.
Team leads, department heads, and C-level executives should take time to address their workforce with a thank you speech, letting them know how their efforts have made a difference to the success of the company.
Pay for local gym memberships outright, or offer an incentive in the form of a subsidy to encourage your employees to stay active!
12. Office Support System
Your employee’s mental health is just as important as their physical health. While your office’s healthcare benefits plan might cover therapy and counselling, there are other ways that you can help your employees with more manageable forms of mental care.
Making a company-wide announcement that employees can take ‘mental health’ days as sick days will allow them to feel more comfortable taking them.
Even setting up an informal lunchtime schedule that everyone is invited to will give shy employees a place to feel welcome.
Take the time to introduce good mental health in the workplace, and your team will see that management really does care about them!
11. Office Field Trip
Field trips were the best part about school and really, not much has changed since then!
If your team needs a break from the weekly grind, organize a trip to a local museum, zoo/aquarium, or heritage area and have a tour guide lead you through a day full of activities.
You can call it ‘educational’ if you need to sell it to your boss! 😉
10. Employee Travel Program
While two weeks (or more) for vacation sounds nice, many trips that require airfare or long-distance travel can really break the bank.
If a team member has really improved the position of the company, then an employee travel program would really help cover the costs for their next vacation.
Be open to some flexibility when it comes down to the details, and just think about how excited they will be when you tell them their dream vacation is going to come true! 😍 ✈️ 🌎
9. Nominate Employee For Award
Instead of making up a trophy, why not nominate your employees for a real one?
Winning an industry award (or even being nominated) shows employees that they do more than make a difference at your company - they are changing the way the business works.
It is a huge boost to their self confidence and work quality, not to mention that any company with award-winning talent will automatically increase their reputation!
Do some research to see what awards your team might qualify for depending on your industry, and get ready to roll out the red carpet!
8. Internal Newsletter
Sometimes you are so proud of your employees accomplishments that you just want the world to know!
Well, maybe not the world. But certainly everyone in the office!
If the company is large enough, there should be weekly wins happening that you can share with all departments.
An internal newsletter is a great way to stay up-to-date on company changes, and to consistently show employee appreciation!
7. Office Birthday Party
A lot of offices are small enough to celebrate birthdays as they happen. Candles, singing, a bit of cake in the breakroom, and then back to work.
When you start having a birthday every week or sooner...it can be a little much.
If your workplace is starting to get sick of leftover cake, then consider implementing a monthly birthday celebration!
Exactly the same as any office birthday party, only now people get to celebrate with their birthday-buddies!
6. Working Remotely
Commuting to work isn’t as easy for some as it is for others. For many a two hour commute each day is the norm, which means they have less time for their personal lives.
Employees will sometimes reach out to management and request to work remotely, but many workplaces have been resistant to the idea.
A no-frills way to show employee appreciation is by exercising trust in their ability to do their jobs without constant supervision.
Try giving them one day a week, or four days a month, to work from home (they should schedule them ahead of time) and see if it positively improves their work performance and well-being!
5. Flowers For Employers
“Say it in flowers!” 💐🌸🌻
Who doesn’t love a floral arrangement? It doesn’t need to be Valentine’s Day to pick up a bouquet for your hard-working employees.
They’ll appreciate the thought and will now have a beautiful desk accessory to brighten their day!
4. Office Massage
Here’s a creative way to show employee appreciation! Work out those office aches and pains with a professional masseuse that can come to the workplace.
The concept isn’t new, and many massage practices will have a mobile unit ready for home and office visits.
Many people never take the time to go for a massage but it feels amazing and can provide long-lasting relief from chronic pain!
3. Office Potluck
A fun way to get to know your colleagues is to invite them to share their favourite office potluck ideas!
Have your team members bring in a meal they enjoy cooking and share them at a mini lunchtime party.
You’ll be surprised at the delicious homemade food your colleagues are able to make, bonding over the family recipes and tasty variations!
Allowing employees to share an intimate part of their home life reminds them that you see them as more than a worker. Plus, free food!
2. Employee Reward System
An employee reward system can motivate employees to stay diligent in their tasks, but can be hard for an office manager to set up by themselves.
Several employee reward programs have emerged to help track employee achievements, one of the popular options is Bonus.ly, which allows employees to award points to their peers that add up to cool prizes!
Allowing peer-to-peer recognition means managers don’t have to spend their time tracking work, and it also rewards positive social interactions.
1. Team Retreat
By now, every office should realize that a team retreat is more than worth the cost of closing the office for a few days.
With team-building exercises, fun learning activities and time to cut loose and relax, team retreats help build a sense of community and highlights the importance of a work/life balance.
Show your employee appreciation with an extended camping trip, visit to another city, or hop on a plane and treat the office to a resort!
Recognizing the hard work that your office is doing is an important part of managing a successful workplace.
While there are many ways to show your employee appreciation, you want to choose the ones that will suit your team the best.
Think you’re ready to try out some of these employee appreciation ideas?
There’s no time like the present! Pick a few of your favourites on this list and test them out in your office.