1. Special Employee Appreciation Mini Meetings
Verbal praise is an often-overlooked way to show appreciation. Make a habit of doling out praise by carving 20 minutes out of your schedule on the same day every week. In those 20 minutes you can meet with 5 people for 3-4 minutes each. That’s plenty of time to express your gratitude and send them off feeling like a star.
2. Give Free Time for Special Achievements
Show that you recognise someone’s overtime hours by giving them extra free time during the work day. Offer a 2-hour lunch, a late arrival or early quitting time. It costs you nothing but goes a long way in communicating your gratitude.
3. Send a Deserving Employee Snail Mail
Go old school and write a good ol’ fashioned letter singing your team member’s praises, drop it in the mail and send it to their home. It costs you only a few minutes (and the cost of a stamp), but makes a big statement.
4. Publish Meme Motivations
Catch your staff off guard by creating a funny, personalized meme about them and e-mailing it out to everyone. Choose your image and type a funny message that includes the recipient’s name and a congrats for all the great work they have done.
5. Create a Motivation Mascot
Buy a big, cheap, silly object and make it the employee of the week mascot. Every Monday, put it on a different person’s door or desk to show that they are the chosen one. Don’t fear if, at first, your staff acts like it’s cheesy; within a couple of weeks they’ll be anxious to see where it is at the start of every week.
6. Give Out Home work
Give a work-from-home day as a reward to employees who’ve been going above and beyond. The joy of sleeping a little longer and working in pyjamas cannot be overstated.
The truth is, it doesn’t really matter what you do to show your appreciation. Rewards and gratitude can take just about any form, as long as employees know that their hard work has been noticed. These ideas are not revolutionary, but if they’re utilized frequently, they can have a dramatic impact on relationships and productivity.