34 Low-cost Rewards That Tell Employees You Appreciate Their Work


Sure, you appreciate your employees and the work they do. Sure, they’re getting a paycheck … and maybe even some bonuses for reaching or exceeding goals. But money is not a long-term motivator. Dig deeper and find rewards that have personal meaning to each individual. Here are some ideas for small incentives when you’re really trying to show that you appreciate all the effort and hard work:

  1. Preferred parking
  2. employee getting a back massage15-minute chair massages
  3. Car wash by the boss
  4. Sponsor team sports
  5. Clean office surroundings
  6. Rotating “trophy” for customer service or other set goal
  7. Training
  8. Birthday cakes
  9. Send birthday and/or thank-you cards to employees at their home address
  10. Discount club memberships
  11. Music selection
  12. Book club membership
  13. Spinning in Ergonomic ChairMore of what somebody loves doing
  14. Plants for the office
  15. Paint their office the color of their choice
  16. Less of what somebody hates doing
  17. Telecommuting option
  18. Free toiletries
  19. Free lunch, snacks or soda
  20. Spontaneous afternoons off during a slow time
  21. Press releases on accomplishments or promotions
  22. Company store
  23. Discount on home computer equipment
  24. Company picnic
  25. Executives applauding for woman holding 'Employee of the Month' plaqueT-shirts to celebrate product releases
  26. Executives serve snacks during busy times
  27. Provide fun sticky notes
  28. New desk chairs
  29. Company product or service for free
  30. Time with top executives to air ideas
  31. Designate an employee of the month
  32. Employees pick artwork for their office
  33. Create an employee hall of fame
  34. Give out scratch lottery tickets

Creativity and thoughtfulness are keys when you really want to let an employee know you appreciate their work. You don’t need to spend a lot of extra money.


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