Why is it so hard to come up with staff appreciation ideas? I suppose we could go all out and have everyone picked up from their homes by a stretch limo and have a catered lunch consisting of steak and lobster! Although I’m sure your staff would love this, but it would blow your budget! Of course, this is absurd but makes the point we must be realistic!
There are many ways to appreciate your staff without spending a great deal!
We Need to Appreciate Them More Than Just One Day a Year!
Remember, everyone wants to feel appreciated, even you! Generally, it’s the day to day little things that we do that prove we really do care about them.
After all, if you treat everyone like you could care less three hundred and sixty-four days a year and then try to do something nice on day 365, you are wasting your time and money!
How About Something Simple Like a Potluck!
If they have mail slots you might place a piece of candy or even a candy bar in them every once in awhile with a little handwritten note that say’s thank you!
If you have the authority to give additional breaks this is another excellent way to say thank you for a job well done!
Buying donuts for early morning meetings or having pots lucks during staff meetings is always a great morale builder. In my case I always bring the meat dish and enough for everyone!
As you can see there are many staff appreciation ideas that say thanks and you are valued without breaking the bank.
Recognition Pins Are a Great Idea!
Another great idea that boosts morale is giving recognition pins out on the spot when you see someone really stepping out above and beyond. The recognition pin might be something as simple as saying “You Are a Superstar!”
If you really want to go all out, you can give time off awards for those that really go way beyond. Nothing speaks more loudly than giving someone time off with pay.
Like all staff appreciation ideas, you need to measure the cost of the idea to the production of your staff. The idea of giving something away just for the sake of giving it away is a bad business practice. After all you are running a business, not raising a family.
So, as an example if you give time off to someone, they should be producing enough to go way beyond the cost of the day off.
Other costs to consider are recruiting and training new employees if you lose a good employee because you are not willing to invest in them.
I hope that these were enough staff appreciation ideas to get you started.
Thank you and may God bless you!