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How to Say “Thanks” Like a Boss

Posted On: August 21, 2017

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Thanking someone for a job well done is important, but merely saying “thank you” sometimes isn’t enough. Companies thrive when employees feel valued for their expertise and their individual contributions to the success of the business. 

Rewarding employees for outstanding work or reaching significant milestones is a crucial part of your job, so you want to make sure you find rewards for your employees that show you appreciate them and their hard work. At Docherty Incentives & Meetings, we have more than 30 years of experience providing companies with unique employee recognition ideas that will show your employees their value to your company is priceless.

Gratitude Helps the Attitude

Invest in your employees and your company will reap the rewards for years to come. In addition to on-boarding and professional development your company may offer, recognizing how much your employees give of their time and energy is a critical part of a healthy business. From securing a new contract to working overtime on a project to offering an innovative way to solve a problem, employees give much of themselves to their jobs.

Finding meaningful ways to recognize this dedication and sacrifice can help build a positive, supportive work environment. Thoughtful employee recognition ideas can also:

  • improve employee morale
  • encourage your employees’ commitment to the company
  • help create a positive work environment
  • increase employee retention rates

Rewarding employees in ways that are meaningful to them and not simply convenient for your company can be challenging, but Docherty Incentives & Meetings is ready to help with a list of employee recognition ideas. While cash may be king in encouraging people to join your company, a cash reward becomes indistinguishable from compensation and lacks “trophy value.” There is a benefit companies realize when an employee can directly associate a reward with the organization. Rewards and gifts that reflect each employee’s talents, interests and life outside of work will boost morale and the bottom line. In addition, giving your employees the opportunity to gather experiences rather than things will have a lasting, profound impact.

Employee recognition ideas for every occasion:

  1. Gift Cards: They’re popular because they’re easy, but they don’t have to be impersonal. Instead of the standard Starbucks gift card, find one to your employee’s favorite restaurant, yoga studio or local brewery. Gift cards can be the perfect way to recognize a small but impactful achievement or to encourage employees who may need a morale boost.
  2. Gift Services: When employees are working on a major project or important proposal, their primary focus becomes their job. Everything else, including family, friends and even grocery shopping, may get put on hold. For these hardworking employees, rewards such as meal delivery services, dog-walking services or dry cleaning pick-up can help them manage their lives outside of work.
  3. Work Perks: Tales of private chefs and ping pong tables at companies like Google and Facebook have made their way outside Silicon Valley, inspiring some eye rolling among us more practical Midwesterners. But maybe those Millennials out west are on to something? Offering healthy meals, fitness classes or even a reserved parking spot to a successful team member can show them you value their dedication and model positive, productive behavior to other employees. You could also take the more traditional route of giving employees a plaque or posting a photo of them either in your office or on your website.
  4. Passion Project: Many people come up with creative solutions to problems when they’re working on another creative project. Another employee recognition idea is to offer employees opportunities to pursue their passions outside of work. Maybe one of your employees has always dreamed of becoming a chef? You could offer to reimburse her for cooking classes. Encouraging a healthy work/life balance is another way to show your employees you care about and value them as individuals.
  5. Travel: For employees who have distinguished themselves or reached business milestones, incentive travel is the perfect way to show your gratitude. Whether it’s a weekend beach getaway for your team or a weeklong adventure in Europe, offering your employees a travel incentive that’s meaningful to them will show you’re just as dedicated to them as they are to your company. At Docherty Incentives & Meetings, we love creating the perfect travel incentive program for your employees and are ready to help with many different employee recognition ideas.

The Docherty Difference

With over 30 years of experience designing travel incentives and a rewards loyalty program, Docherty Incentives & Meetings can help your company provide inspiring, innovative ways to show your employees how much you appreciate them. Reward your employees for their dedication and loyalty to your company, and you’ll find your company is one that’s rewarded. Contact Docherty Incentives & Meetings to hear more about our outstanding employee recognition ideas.