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4 Ways to Show Employee Appreciation


Employees are the most valuable asset in any organization. Making a point to regularly tell your employees how much you appreciate their work will ensure they’re motivated to report to work every day and do the best job they can.


There are many ways you can show employee appreciation. Make your choice based on your company’s industry and the nature of work your employees do. Here are four great ways to show appreciation to your employees.


Corporate gift certificates

Everybody loves getting gifts, especially gift cards. You might be surprised at the effect a free gift card has on your employees. Let them know you care about their needs by providing them with a way to pay for some of their favorite things. Start by identifying the things they love to buy, and then come up with a budget to cover part of the costs.


These gift certificates will have the biggest impact if you issue them at a time when everyone is thinking about shopping. For example, give out gift cards near Christmas or issue them right before summer vacation. You also might choose to give out Perfect Feast gift cards, which allow employees to purchase a ham or turkey for the holidays on you.


Lunch catering

It might not be in your budget to cater lunch for your employees on a regular basis, but doing it once in a while should be doable for any brand. And the ROI you receive (your employees becoming more committed to your company) will make the cost of the meal 100% worth it.


Put a smile on your employees’ faces by catering lunch. The best part? Catering lunch at the office means everyone will get back to their workstations for the afternoon as soon as possible.


Regular events

Show appreciation to your employees by increasing the number of events you hold at the office or another location. You might be used to the annual holiday events in which you reflect on achievements and outline future plans for the company. But you don’t have to limit company events to once a year. You can also organize smaller events meant to give employees a break from the monotony of their work.


For example, conduct a team-building retreat. This can help employees bond and work as a team. You don’t have to spend as much money on these smaller events as you spend on the bigger ones. Small events can easily fit into the budget and pay off big in the long run.


Upgrade the break room

In the spirit of providing the best working environment for your employees, consider upgrading the break room. If you often provide coffee and snacks, make sure those food items are high-quality brands.


Does the break room stay clean 24/7? If not, make sure the janitor includes the break room in the daily sweep-up. You can also delegate and assign one employee to watch the level of snacks and drinks in the room. Any time the food starts to get low, it’s time to buy more so you don’t run out completely.


You can also add more comfortable seating in the break room and encourage employees to spend their lunch break eating together.


Another good step is to provide a variety of beverages so everyone can choose their favorite, regardless of dietary restrictions or preferences. For a company that’s been relying on outside catering, it may be time to find a good cook who will talk to the employees and get a feel for any dietary restrictions before making the food.


You can also show appreciation to your employees by hosting giveaways. These giveaways don’t have to be expensive, but they should be unique and fancy. For instance, branded mugs will only cost you a few dollars, and the mugs are a fun item to take home and use every day.


You can also try giving away coasters, T-shirts, and wall hangings. Try to get something different for each giveaway so your employees don’t end up with too many similar items.


There are many other ways to show appreciation to your employees. Start with gift cards, catering lunch, and offering regular events and then go from there.


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