Recognising and rewarding your employees effectively is important for a) retaining top talent and b) boosting employee engagement and productivity in the workplace.
Here, we’ve listed 7 creative rewards your employees will love.
1. Office massages
Many employees report that most of their stress is work related, and a stressed employee is not a happy employee, meaning their productivity and engagement in the workplace can be low. By booking a professional masseuse to come into the office every couple of weeks, you are showing your employees that you care about their well-being. And this results in a workforce that is energised, focused and productive.
2. Free food
Everybody loves food so if you offer tasty snacks and/or organise free breakfast or lunch days for your employees, you will have a workforce that’s focused, and a focused workforce is a productive and energised workforce.
3. Donate to a charity of their choice
If you have employees that are passionate about a cause or helping those in need, reward them by donating to a charity that’s important to them. Employees will care that you took the time to recognise their interests and will be more energised to work towards goals and targets if it means their charity of choice benefits too.
4. Bring your dog day
You’ll need to make sure there’s no allergies in the building but rewarding your employees with a ‘Bring Your Dog to the Office Day’ is a great mood booster. According to studies, dogs in the workplace provide more social support for employees, as well as more opportunities for co-workers to interact in a positive setting.
5. Offer ‘paid paid vacation’
HR software company Bamboo HR offers employee’s a certain amount of money to put towards vacation once a year. According to the company, they offer this benefit ‘because we know that taking vacations and getting away from the office is sometimes exactly what we need to do great work. And by only allowing the money to be put towards vacation, it’s guaranteed that employees get a much-needed holiday’. The benefits of this rewards include; better work-life balance, better engagement and loyalty, increased productivity, and improved well-being.
6. Offer gym membership
Regular exercise is great for a) making people feel happier, b) increasing energy levels, c) helping with relaxation and sleep quality, and d) improving brain health and memory. By offering employees membership at a gym or health centre of their choice, you are showing you care about their health and well-being, and everyone appreciates the gift of good health.
7. Sporting event parties
If major sporting events like the World Cup or the Euros are on, reward your staff with a themed dinner/party. Book the afternoon off, set up a couple of screens and provide themed snacks and drinks for your staff to celebrate their hard work (and the team they have in the office draw).