By: Kathy Kent Toney, CEO & Founder of Kent Business Solutions
With the Great Resignation in full swing, many business leaders are scrambling to find ways to help prevent their good employees from jumping ship.
One way to help counteract the exodus of talent from organizations is through recognizing and rewarding employees for their service.
Here are 10 creative ways to give kudos to your employees:
1. Share Employee Content on Your Blog
If you have employees that like to write (and that's not their main role), share their content on your company's blog.
2. Recognize Outside-of-Work Success
Share your employees' successes outside of work on social media channels, your internal website, or your company's website.
3. Showcase the Monetary or Volunteer Impact of Employee Efforts
If an employee's efforts on a project contributed positively to the bottom line, highlight that in some manner to your employee base. You can also draw attention to employees who support charitable contributions through either donations or volunteer time.
4. Provide Stipends for Long-Distance Commuters
Employees living far away or who often experience heavy traffic during their commutes could receive stipends to help pay for gas.
5. Use Gamification Apps to Fuel Productivity and Motivation
Gamification gives employees an entertaining way to meet company requirements, such as training. What might often be a tedious process could be transformed into something fun. Check out what Edgagement, Hoopla, and Gametize apps have to offer along these lines.
6. Share Kudos from Customers
Create an Employee Wall of Fame to highlight customer feedback directed at particular employees or teams.
7. Share Employee Kudos
At the start of your meetings, recognize employees for the small, daily wins. These are often overlooked, but these shout-outs can go a long way towards increasing employee morale.
8. Surprise Employees with Snacks or Meals
Bring in or order food during busy workdays. It lets your employees know you appreciate their hard work.
9. Provide Sabbaticals for Long-Timers
For employees who have been with the company for five, seven, or 10 years (for example), consider providing them with sabbaticals. That way, they can take quality time off work to pursue their passion and return to work refreshed and ready to re-engage with your company.
10. Use the Power of a Post-It Note
I left this for last because it's something you can start doing today!
Who doesn't like a personal touch to show appreciation? A simple post-it note with a meaningful message that you place on an employee's desk is a simple act that can go a long way to show appreciation.
These are just a few things you can do to recognize and reward your employees. Doing so can help keep employees happy and can also help build a foundation of increased loyalty to your company.
And what business leader wouldn't want that?
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