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On the Job Training: How to say, “Keep up the Good Work!”
Don’t wait until the holidays or retirement offers you the occasion, take the time to recognize your employees’ diligent work ethic today! Whether you’re a corporate CEO or a small business entrepreneur with a staff of three, showing day to day employee appreciation will be worth your time and effort: such recognition serves to reinforce employee accountability as well as enhance work-place motivation overall. Here are some surefire methods for both showing your employees that you appreciate their hard work and improving work-place motivation:
1) Reinforce Employee Motivation with a Wine Basket
Not only are gift baskets the most convenient way to send your employees the message that you appreciate their hard work, they are also easy to select and send. With the great variety of fruit, wine, and gourmet food baskets available online, sending a meaningful gift to your employees is a breeze. Many business owners will reward their employees with regular fruit basket deliveries, which can be arrange for monthly or quarterly delivery. And a gourmet food or wine and cheese basket is a wonderful way to communicate “job well done!” to an industrious employee or partner.
2) Create an “Employee of the Month” Program
The best way to develop an Employee of the Month program is to ask all levels of staff to work together to choose the monthly awardee. This important measure will prevent the Employee of the Month Club from becoming a way of selecting “favorites” and will keep it from becoming a point of ridicule by employees. In fact, Employee of the Month selection can be a valuable collaborative exercise for your employees as they work together to select the most worthy recipient; it will also add an element of social pressure for high work performance. Employees are often eager to recognize colleagues who are sincerely doing their part to make the work place run efficiently and productively, and such recognition will be a source of reinforcement and motivation for the recipient and others. You might produce a certificate to present to the awardee and also display the employee’s name, photo, and a brief bio in a prominent place in the workplace.
3) Offer High Performing Employees Health Club Memberships
A healthy employee is a happy employee; and an office full of healthy, happy employees makes for a productive work-place. Offer high-performing employees free memberships at a local health club. And be sure to make the caliber of “high-performance” universally attainable so that the health-club membership can be available to everyone. Do not consider such an offer a budgetary loss: oftentimes health-clubs offer corporate discounts of which you might take advantage and, more importantly, healthy employees are much less likely to take sick days, and prove more productive on the job. By offering your employees health club memberships, you not only reward their hard-work but you also save yourself money and enhance the work environment.
Try some of these ideas today and you will soon see a positive change in your work environment!
About the Author: Allison Mueller is a consultant for 99GiftBaskets.US, where, whether you’re looking for a way to say “thanks a bunch” or “job well done,” you’ll find a variety of motivating wine and