Your employees are exceptionally excellent and terrifically tireless. They deserve to be appreciated abundantly for maintaining the highest standards and looking after the smallest details of your business. After all, employees who feel appreciated enjoy their jobs more; and pleasure in their jobs puts efficiency into their work.

It‘s no surprise that all employees appreciate some additional cash recognition in the way of a raise or bonus. However, many are just as excited, if not more so, with non-monetary rewards. Sometimes a little more of a personal touch means more than an extra bounce in the account balance. Let’s look at a few creative ways to keep workers engaged and motivated:

More Than a Token
Rewarding your employees with modish and practical corporate gifts is a robust solution to drive loyalty and employee engagement. You can gift them customized umbrellas, laptop sleeves, backpacks, calendars, personal care products, stress relievers, stationery, Bluetooth speakers and drinkware and countless other options that are both thoughtful and practical. It is the perfect way of thanking them for their contribution to the company’s growth.

Flexible Working Hours
Forget the working model of the past; rewarding your employees with flexible work schedules allows them to balance their work and personal lives, which is a most welcome gift for many. Allowing your staff flexible hours, the ability to work from home or an extra day off if they’ve delivered exceptional performance and superseded their goals has been shown to improve productivity in the work environment. Such measures are substantially rewarding because you’re giving your employees extra time to unwind and spend with their loved ones or to pursue their external passions.

Health and Fitness Gifts
With extended periods spent sitting down, sedentary lifestyles are putting your employees’ health at risk. Therefore, one of the most valued rewards you can provide your employees is the gift of health. An easy and effective option is to partner with a local gym or fitness class to provide your employees with bulk membership discounts. Gift hampers full of healthy snacks and drinks, along with healthy cookbooks are another option that can communicate your appreciation while simultaneously promoting healthy habits. You can even hold a friendly weight loss contest, with a reasonable timeline of four months, with prizes such as fitness trackers or active wear for those employees achieve the highest goals.

Recognition of Individual Accomplishments
Your employees are your company’s lifeblood! Verbal and visible recognition of their efforts and congratulating them for the achievements is one of the kindest gestures to show that you care. You can even devote an entire wall of your office to the appreciation of your employees, and brighten it up with their pictures and achievements. Such motivation and gratitude can make a significant contribution to general morale and act as an excellent motivator to keep them giving their best efforts every day.

Staff Lunches
Providing a free, delicious and healthy working lunch will always be well received by your employees. Research shows that 60% of respondents feel that having food in the office will make them feel more ‘valued and appreciated.’ Not only does a healthy meal lead to better concentration and improved focus but the break from the regular daily routine can act as an outstanding team bonding experience.

These simple acts of appreciation reflect that you value your employees’ incredible efforts and dedication. Therefore, treat your employees well or in the words of Sir Richard Branson, “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough, so they don’t want to.”

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