Good employers reward staff with more than a paycheck. They recognize excellent workplace performance with gifts that build workers’ self esteem and motivate them to continue contributing their best efforts to your business. And you know what? Happier employees means happier customers, and that leads to repeat business.
One tool that will help you remember employee appreciation opportunities is Gusto. Gusto, best known for its payroll software, also keeps track of employees’ birthdays, work anniversaries, and promotions.
Here are the top 25 employee appreciation gift ideas from the pros:
2. Business Cards: $7-$25
24. Mall Shopping Spree: $100
Sharon Fisher, CEO, Play With a Purpose
I took my entire team to a mall and gave each person a $100 gift card. At the end, we went to a bar and everyone shared / modeled what they got. It was really fun perusing the purchases and turned the whole idea of a $100 gift card into something entirely different that they will remember. We’re still talking about it!
There were three rules. First, spend it on something for YOU! No buying anything for anybody else. Second, spend it on something you really WANT – not something practical. So if you want shoes – no practical flats, get those flashy heels. Third, you have one hour to shop. Any money not spent will be donated to charity.
25. Bus or Transit Pass: $60-$100 per month
Max Robinson, Owner, FishTankBank
I gave one of my employees an annual bus pass, and they claimed that it changed their life. The pass was only available to people who had exclusive memberships, and I qualified. I got a huge discount on the pass, but I was only allowed one. I gifted it to my employee because they travel to work everyday on the bus, and I’m aware that the prices regularly increase. They were very grateful as they knew that it was a very exclusive pass that would usually cost literally thousands.
Commuter passes can also be part of an employee benefits package. Read Fit Small Business’ guide to employee benefits to learn more.
Over to You
Rewarding your employees with more than just standard employee benefits is a great way to ensure they continue behaving in ways you desire, such as providing great customer service or meeting sales objectives. The recognition gift you choose doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should be personal, and it should have value to the individual receiving it.
We hope the employee appreciation ideas provided above will inspire you to come up with your own employee recognition and reward programs. We’d love to hear what you came up with, what it cost, and how it was received by your employees. As for me, I’m still waiting for the Copper Chef cookware to arrive!