Whether it’s the barista at the local Starbucks or a neighbor who watched your kids while you ran errands, we thank the people in our lives every day. The simple gesture of saying “thank you,” lets people know you appreciate them and their help—even if they are simply doing their job.
When your employees distinguish themselves by going above and beyond what their job requires—exceeding a sales goal or achieving a new level of leadership—it’s critical to the bottom line of your company that you take time to recognize their work and acknowledge their contribution.
Finding refreshing ways of thanking employees can be a challenge, but Docherty Incentives & Meetings is here to help you #GetGrateful and #BeThankful. With over 30 years of experience in planning sales incentive, rewards and recognition programs for a variety of companies and industries, we have innovative ideas for showing your employees gratitude for a job well performed.
The Power of Gratitude
Thanking employees in meaningful ways will not only make them feel valued, but it will also help them continue to add value to your company. Thoughtful, sincere recognition signals to your employees that you genuinely appreciate them, whether it’s the extra hours they dedicated to an important project or the critical role they played in the success of a new product launch, sales goal or innovation.
Employee recognition has these intangible yet valuable benefits:
Having a sense of commitment to and vested interest in the company and its mission can help ensure employees feel their work is more than just about a paycheck. Thanking employees in ways that are meaningful to them (and not simply affordable or convenient for your company) will not only show you care about them as individuals and not merely “worker bees,” but will yield tangible, bottom line results.
Being specific in your gratitude is important as well. Recognizing the reason for the reward will impart to your employees that their actions and achievements were acknowledged and appreciated. A structured, enterprise-wide recognition program signals to all of your employees what type of accomplishments will be rewarded. For example, you may want to recognize an employee’s tenure at your company or you could show gratitude to a whole team of employees for reaching a particularly momentous milestone. No matter what you’re rewarding, it’s important to thank your employees in creative and meaningful ways.
Going Beyond the Gift Card
While it’s a safe bet that your employees could use a date night with their significant other, giving them a gift certificate to a local restaurant is a generic way to say thanks. Gifts such as fruit baskets, anything with your company logo on it or even a Visa gift card lack a personal touch (plus they’re too utilitarian to feel unique). In giving these types of gifts, your employees may feel their efforts are only worth the price of the gift card or the size of the basket. Thanking employees with rewards that reflect their personal interests and passions will make a bigger, better and lasting impression.
If your employees love the natural world and being outdoors, Docherty Incentives & Meetings plan rewards trips tailored to your specific group: Hiking mountains in Europe, exploring the landscape of Dubai or touring the Guatemalan countryside.
Perhaps the perfect way to show gratitude to employees who are wine connoisseurs is a trip to wine country in the US or, better yet, in Europe.
According to the HR consulting firm O.C. Tanner Co., 7 out of 10 employees who received appreciation for their work said they’re happy with their jobs while only 39 percent of employees who hadn’t received recognition said they’re satisfied at work.
Whether thanking an employee with unique, experiential travel or meaningful, tangible rewards, you’re not only motivating that employee to continue to strive for excellence, but you’re also showing all your employees that hard work does not go unnoticed. In addition, you’re reinforcing positive behavior and likely lowering stress levels among your employees—all benefits that can reflect to your business’ end-user and customer, and ultimately your corporate profits. Just make sure you’re specific about the behavior or performance you’re rewarding so your employees know what you value and how you show appreciation. The success you’re thanking employees for should be measurable and able to be replicated by their peers.
With over 30 years of experience designing merchandise and travel incentives, as well as meetings and events at destinations around the world, Docherty Incentives & Meetings can help your company provide innovative, creative and inspiring ways to show gratitude. Thanking employees for their hard work or continuing loyalty to your company will let them know in a powerful way that their value to your company is more than simply monetary. Ask yourself why #MyStaffRocks and then allow Docherty Incentives & Meetings to create an incentive and rewards program that will continually reinforce your employees’ positive impression of your company.