5 Low-Cost Ways to Show Appreciation to Employees
As a business owner, I know how important it is to show my employees appreciation throughout the year. Each year, Employee Appreciation Day typically falls in the month of March. On Employee Appreciation Day, employers usually provide their employees with nice gestures used to show appreciation for all of their hard work. After doing a few employee surveys, I learned that my employees wanted to be celebrated throughout the year. In search to make me employees feel happy, I discovered 5 frugal ways to show my employees appreciation. If you’re also looking for low cost ideas to show your employees appreciation, please enjoy the tips I’ve listed below.
Who doesn’t love gifts? One of my all time favorite ways to show appreciation to my employees are small gifts. This idea may seem pricey, but it’s actually really inexpensive. This appreciation gift is great to give around the holidays. In the past, I’ve gifted my employees with a thank you card that had a personalized thank you message addressed to them. In addition to the card, I’d also include a piece of chocolate or a small candy bag. Depending on how many employees you have, this appreciation gesture could cost least than $75. I always get my thank you cards from Amazon. Amazon sales 100 thank you cards for $25. As for the candy bags, you could purchase bulks of candy from your local dollar store. Your employees will definitely appreciate this gesture!
Dress Down Day
If you have a business that requires employees to dress business professional or business casual every day, allow your employees to have one day that doesn’t require a dress code. You can try this by setting a goal for your employees to reach. If they’ve reached the goal, allow your employees to come dressed in jeans. Your employees will enjoy being able to avoid the hassle of having to dress up.
Create a Seniority Rule
If you don’t already have this system in place, you should create a seniority rule. The seniority rule will help the employees who have been around for a while appreciate you more. The seniority rule will allow employees who have worked for the company the longest pick their desired work shift. The seniority rule will also allow senior employees to pick their vacation, personal business, and paid time off days first as well. Creating the seniority rule is a great way to allow your senior employees to know that you appreciate their loyalty that they’ve given to the company.
For most people, food is the key to happiness. As an employer, you could host a fun work potluck. Since potlucks require each guest to bring a dish, this is a really inexpensive event that employees will love. During the potluck, employees will have the opportunity to kick back, relax, and enjoy the dishes that were prepared by their co-workers. This could also be a great time for your employees to get to know each other better. To make your potluck more fun, you could have your employees play team building games, board games, or even card games.
This tip may seem like a no brainer; however, communication may not be as easy as you think. As a business owner, can become very busy at times. Because of this, you could have little to no time to communicate with your employees. If this is an issue that you have, try communicating with your employees at least once a week. Take the time out to ask them for feedback on policies, check their progress, and just see how they are doing. We are all human. It makes people feel good to know that they are working for someone who truly cares for them.
I hope you’ve found the tips listed below helpful. If you haven’t already try these tips with your employees. Once you’ve done these incentives for your employees, ask for feedback to see how they felt about the gestures!