Awards and recognition can go one of two ways: either motivate your employee to keep improving and to do their best, or make them think you are ridiculous and don’t really care about them. We recently posted about awards you should never give your employees, but here are some awards and forms of recognition that are sure to inspire and motivate:
A handwritten note tells the employee you really do care. Seeing their employer’s handwriting thanking them for a job well done will assure them their hard work has not gone unnoticed. Taking time out of your day to write “thanks” will only take a couple of minutes, and they will most likely keep it for months.
Letting your employee rearrange their schedule so they can spend more time with their family or change their holiday schedule goes a long way. Employees will have less fatigue, fewer sick days, and more days off. As their employer, you will enjoy more efficient and effective work hours and energetic workers.
Let Them Pick Their Next Project
Giving your employee the chance to pick their next project both empowers and rewards them. Giving them this freedom will make employees more effective. A study done by LRN shows that companies with high employee freedom will do 10-20 times better than companies with low freedom scores. Employees are more dedicated and take greater pride in tasks they choose themselves.
Lunch With The Boss
This could be with you or with some upper-level management. Taking time to help impressive employees make connections with upper management could help make their career. Taking them to lunch will inspire conversation and give you the chance to show them that you care about them as a person as well as an employee. Ask them about family, hobbies, college stories, or recent vacations. Make sure the lunch doesn’t feel like a performance review for your employee; it should be a time to get to know one another.
If your company can afford it, every employee loves a little extra money. Quarterly bonuses, end-of-year bonuses, or even gift cards will show your gratitude and appreciation in a very clear way. You can accompany this with a personal note so that when the money has been spent the employee can still remember the recognition.
Employee Development Opportunities
You can send this employee to a training, seminar, or conference where they can expand their skill set and learn new concepts. This will show the confidence you have in them and increase their loyalty to your company. With entry level-position employees, this could open their eyes to possibilities of a profession with your company instead of just a job.
These small, personal gestures of appreciation towards your employees are sure to show your gratitude for their hard work and inspire them to work harder. And you will be known as the best boss when they talk with their friends and family.