As an employer, you might need to find some quick and easy ways to help motivate and reward your employees. Whether you manage a small office, a large department or a warehouse of workers, you will find that simple rewards and treats will go a long way in keeping your employees working happily. If you are searching for just the right way to recognize someone for his or her superior work and motivation, you can select something that will say thank you in just the right way. By recognizing the work of others, you can motivate that person to keep working and to feel better about the work they do for you. In many ones, if you choose to reward one employee, others will want to follow his or her leadership. Here are some inexpensive, but thoughtful motivation gifts you can use for your employees:
A motivational poster is one way to recognize a person who has made a difference in the office. These are both inexpensive and appreciated. In addition, these neat little posters can come in virtually any size, fitting on a wall or on a desktop. You can purchase posters that reflect the value that person represents such as leadership, patience, or honesty. The poster will serve as a kind, visual reminder of a job that was performed beyond expectations.
When you want to thank someone for their dedication and hard work, look at the many engraved items that you can purchase. You can purchase small personal items such as pens or lapel pins. Or, you can give away items that are fun and useful in the office such as clocks, paperweights and letter openers. These are just a few examples of items that can be engraved for the recipient. Consider adding a snappy phrase such as “great teamwork” or “job well done” so that they person knows that the work they do is much appreciated.
Give the person that performed above standard some unique merchandise with the organization’s logo on it. You can purchase shirts, jackets, and hats and even ink pens that advertise almost any organization or business. Many of these companies that sell this type of merchandise can offer you a discount for bulk orders. This is perfect if you manage a larger business. Pens are perfect. You can hand these out at almost any time. Most people enjoy this type of merchandise and it can be custom made, too. If you do not have a logo, try sponsoring a contest that where others can design a logo. Everyone will have fun joining in on the fun.
Gift certificates are another great way to recognize the hard work of an individual. If you do not know what types of places they prefer, you can give them certificates to rent movies or to fast food places. These gift certificates do not necessarily have to be in large amounts either; even as little as five dollars will be appreciated. Remember, everyone loves running out for coffee or an ice cream cone.
How about a stuffed animal? They are little, cuddly and inexpensive. How about a stuffed animal that travels around the office to the employee of the week or month? Maybe everyone in your office will work hard to host the little teddy bear on his or her desk.
You can also say thank you by giving personalized gifts that will fit the taste of the recipient if you want to give a gift that is more personal. Think about what they like to do or enjoy when they are not working. Maybe tickets to a show or a movie or a gift card for a dinner to their favorite restaurant. When you have picked out a gift to fit the taste of the person you are giving it to, they will know that you put in thought in the gift and they will feel special.
Chocolate makes almost anyone smile. If you give someone a gift of chocolate, you can be sure that they will love and appreciate the gift. Look at gift stores and find chocolates that are custom wrapped or those that come in nice boxes. Giving chocolate as a thank you will be a festive way of saying thank you.
Gift baskets may seem clique or boring, but many people enjoy these motivational gifts. The great thing about gift baskets is that you can make them as big or little as you like. Think about gift baskets that will fit the personal taste of anyone to give as gifts to say thank you. If you want to reward a whole team at once for their hard work, consider a large gift basket of cookies or popcorn that they can share. This is always a great idea and is very appreciated. In addition, you can fill the basket with company items, such as an embroidered shirt and a paperweight.
Use other containers for gifts to thank someone for their motivation and dedication. You can give a nice plant in a reusable pot or basket. You might even consider giving a container filled with a nice set of desk supplies that can be used over and over again. Not only will your recipient appreciate a useful gift, but also it will help them stay organized while working at their desk.
If you do not want to give chocolate or popcorn baskets or tins, consider other foods as a way of saying thank you. You can give desserts, such as cookies or cakes to your recipient. Most anyone can appreciate a good sweet dessert and it is an easy way to tell that person that you are proud of the work that they do for you. If you are keeping a whole crew motivated, think about hosting a dessert buffet during lunch hour. Bring several types of cookies, cakes and candies and set them out for all to enjoy. You could even do this on a monthly basis to treat teams.
Last of all, you can’t go wrong with a nice handwritten note to say thank you. Often this is not only the easiest way, but also a heartfelt thank you is much more appreciated. Take the time to write a sentiment that you truly feel and that person will know that you appreciate them and their job. Find some good quality stationery and write the thank you card in a timely manner. This is often the best and most sincere way to thank someone.