When a boss recognizes their employees and lets them know how well they are doing, this inspires loyalty and greater productivity.
How do you thank your employees for a job well done? You want it to be genuine and something they are actually going to like but you’re running low on ideas. Continue reading this article to learn great ways to thank your employees.
Early Work Day Ending
While you want your employees to enjoy their job, we all know that there are things they would rather be doing. Even your most devoted employees would rather be doing something else with their friends or family members or enjoying their favorite hobby.
Giving your employees an early day on the weekend so they have a long weekend goes a long way in saying thank you.
Don’t just spring it on them on the day you’re going to give them off. Give them time to plan out something fun for their long weekend.
Host a Potluck for the Office
Hosting a potluck or doing some other fun team activities is a great way to say thank you. When your employees enjoy working together, having everyone stay for a potluck dinner can be a lot of fun.
It’s a chance for everyone to meet each other’s families and learn about each other outside of working conditions. You may or may not choose to do the potluck in the office.
Recognize Employees Publically
Almost all people love to be recognized. Even the shyest person will be secretly chanting “yes, yes, yes!” inside when you give them recognition in public.
When we say public recognition, we don’t mean that you have to get on a podium and talk about them. Public recognition can be as simple as saying something nice about them in front of your boss.
To make it even more powerful, make sure they already know you feel this way about them. If you say this out of the blue, it might come as a surprise and may feel less than genuine.
Shake Someone’s Hand
A handshake and a thank you can go a long way. Taking time to shake your employee’s hands and let them know that they matter is one of the best ways to build loyalty.
Send a Thank You Note to Their Family
The families of your employees give up a lot so that your business can be successful. It’s likely that your employee has missed a ball game or two so they could be at work taking care of something important.
Sending a thank-you note to your employee’s family can go a long way. You know that you’ll have their family on your side if they have to make a decision on whether to stay with your company or try out some new territory in the future.
Handwrite a Thank You Note
Taking time to write a note by hand is a long lost art. Printing out cards with pre-written messages or even a personal message just isn’t as impactful.
When you take the time to handwrite a note, no matter how short, people pay attention.
A Thoughtful Gift
A gift doesn’t have to be a big gift to make a big difference in how people feel. A thoughtful gift, no matter its size lets someone know that you understand who they are.
Make sure you do truly understand them. You don’t want to get an insider gift that they don’t understand themselves.
Team goodies are a lot of fun and it makes your employees feel like a unit. You can give them hats, t-shirt, keychains or other cool team goodies. Depending on your budget, you can get some pretty great things with your team logo on it.
Write a Recommendation
Write a recommendation for your employees to their future employers.
If you’re afraid they are going to leave you — don’t be.
Writing a recommendation for your employees isn’t going to make them leave. If anything, it is going to show them how much you value them and what they bring to the table.
Make sure you are specific when you’re writing your recommendation so they know what you appreciate about them. Being specific about what they do for your company and how important they are to you will ensure more great behavior in the future.
You want to make sure your employees are fit and healthy. One of the ways you can help with this is to offer to buy them a fitness membership of their choice.
Maybe they like yoga or they are interested in a certain type of sport. Whatever it is, let them choose an activity or membership that can help to keep them active and healthy.
This will benefit your employee and it will also benefit you because they will likely have fewer sick days and be able to be productive at work since they are feeling their best.
Every time they use their membership, they will think about you saying thank you for their hard work.
Your Employees Will Love It!
Now that you have some great ideas for what to do to thank your employees, your employees are sure to love whatever it is that you pick. Keeping employees happy in their jobs is important if you want to maintain a strong business.
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