Recognition Made Easy – 10 Low Cost Ways to Recognize and Reward Employees

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There are two things people want more than sex and money…recognition and praise.

Mary Kay Ash

Mary Kay is right, as studies indicate that employees find personal recognition more motivational than money. A work climate filled with praise and recognition is a workplace where employees are positive, productive and motivated.

Recognizing and rewarding employees doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time. Perhaps the primary reason more managers don’t take the time to intentionally motivate employees is that they lack the time and creativity to come up with ideas.

After reading this week’s article you will have no excuses for not motivating your team, because I am giving you 10 low cost ways to recognize and reward your employees.

  1. Call an employee into your office just to thank him or her; don’t discuss any other issue.

  2. Give the employee a 2-hour lunch.

  3. Send a thank you note to a spouse thanking them for their support during the employee’s overtime.

  4. Hold a potluck lunch for your group. This is always so much fun for everyone!

  5. Write a letter of praise to employees recognizing their specific contributions and accomplishments.

  6. Send an email acknowledgement and copy your boss or higher manager.

  7. When paychecks go out, write a note on the envelope recognizing an employee’s accomplishment. (They’re sure not to miss this one!)

  8. Give gift cards. Food, movies, music, whatever!

  9. Provide an extra break. We can all do this, can’t we?

10.  Invite employees to your home for a special celebration in front of their colleagues and spouses.

If you want your employees to take care of your customers, you must take care of them. This list of 10 low-cost ways to motivate your team is a great start. Let this list springboard your creative thinking so you that you constantly look for ways to recognize and motivate your team. When you do, you will watch customer satisfaction improve in no time!

Now you can get even more ideas for motivating employees, specifically how to motivate employees working in customer service. Join me for my 60-minute webinar, How to Motivate Customer Service Employees. It’s loaded with practical ideas to resist burnout and fire-up customer service employees. Attend live or watch the recording, which is available 4-hours after the live event.

Myra Golden is a consultant and keynote speaker who has been helping companies for over twenty years to improve employee relations through her work with Human Resource Departments. Myra has a master’s degree in human relations and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, helping her to understand the challenges of Human Resources as it relates to the psychology of the employees. She is also a veteran customer service expert who specializes in engaging employees through live training and online learning.

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