With the daily grind of tasks and responsibilities, it’s easy to forget that employees are the #1 asset and retaining them should be a priority. With today’s job market and extensive access to find new jobs on the internet, it’s important as ever to ensure that employees are satisfied and happy with their position.
With that in mind, here are 5 gifts to help motivate employees and keeps them happy in the workplace.
1) Recognition through awards
For an employee to feel accomplished, managers must show appreciation for the hard work, time and dedication provided by employees. Personalised medals are a great way to show recognition to those who most deserve it. By giving this physical token of appreciation, a company is showing their respect and gratitude.
Additionally, this can contribute to a healthy environment of competition, as employees seek to improve their own performance to receive the next medal.
2) Quality time outside the office
Prize employees by taking them out on a day of activities, meals and quality time with each other. Rather than sitting in front of a computer in an office, spend time outside enjoying good weather, great food and each other’s company.
This provides a healthy break from routine, increases bonds between employees, and translates to a better impression on the company.
3) Gift cards
Gift cards are a great way to show appreciation to your employees in a monetary way. By gifting them the cards, you offer them the opportunity to decide how to spend it.
There are great deals for businesses who are looking to purchase numerous gift cards. It’s a win-win situation: the cost is lower than the real value of the gift card so employees receive a sum to spend and employers spend less than if they had added a bonus to the salary.
4) Branded products
Branded products allow employees to show their pride for working for the company, while receiving fun or useful gifts.
Rather than gift the standard branded notebook and pen, think about creative objects that may not be office-friendly but your employees could enjoy. For example, if summer is coming along, how about gifting everyone a branded beach package? It could include a branded beach umbrella, a Turkish towel, and a branded water bottle.
Of course, you can always go for the classics: hoodies, t-shirts and items that can be worn with pride.
5) Day off pass
Sometimes employees just need a day off to unwind. Prize accomplished employees by gifting them an extra day off – whether it’s a one-time or monthly gift for reaching goals.
These days shouldn’t count as vacation days – but rather fully paid working days. It helps motivate employees into working hard and feeling like they are in an environment that values their personal time and work-life balance.