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4 Employee Awards That Are Cool Enough To Encourage Hard Work

April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 295

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Employee awards programs. They are like glamorous award shows without the shiny dresses, millions of dollars spent on all kinds of extravagances. These employee incentive programs show your office workers how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication they have shown to the company.

To reward employees also stimulates healthy competition and loyalty to the company. One great benefit is the fact it boosts the morale of the company for employees to be recognized for individual as well as team work instead of simply being another number. Another advantage to a company is that if they give employees awards for their hard work, that employee is more than likely to be happy with his job and want to stay with that company. Retaining hardworking employees who turn out productive work is what every company wants to increase profits and grow their business.

The hardest part about recognizing an employee's accomplishments is deciding what type of award to offer. The friendly handshake and pat on the back might seem nice. But you want to be considered the cool boss that every employee wants to work for. So you need to think up some really unique awards that will make employees continue to do great work on a long-time basis. Here are 4 ways you can reward employees for their hard work.

1. Flexible Work Hours

You can reward employees by allowing them a chance to choose their work hours if your business has a flexible schedule. Being able to set their own schedule gives employees a great incentive to produce high quality work if they know they can come in early so they can have an afternoon off or that they can come in a little later if they have a parenting conflict.

2. Gift Certificates

Offering gift certificates and gift cards for shopping sprees and free dining meals are popular for most employees, so long as the certificate is to a place they like. To ensure that employees will want to use the gifts, have everyone agree on a few mutual places so everyone would be happy with the award.

3. Paid Days Off

Employee awards don't have to have an up-front cost but are still great at stimulating your employees to work hard and to be productive. Giving paid days off as an award allows them to have a relaxing day to have some time to themselves. Employees will definitely like this award so they don't have to use up sick days for personal time.

4. Include A Certificate Plaque With Every Award

Certificate plaques are ways for the employee to remember the recognition that the company gave to him. Whether the plaque is given as the award or accompanies another prize, it lets the employee show off his accomplishments.

The plaque hanging in the employee's cubicle can also become an incentive for the worker to receive continued recognition by maintaining a high work ethic and continuing high quality production. Like potato chips, an employee isn't satisfied by having just one.

When Daisy Emert wants to show her employees how much she appreciates their hard work, she uses printable certificates. With a large selection of certificate of appreciation and award templates, PaperDirect has what you need for your employees.

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