It’s Tuesday morning at 9:00am and your employees are ready to do their job (well, hopefully). The occasional long 3-day weekend has concluded and now you need to boost employee moral in the office. Should you tell your digital marketing manager his social campaign was “good?” Or, inform your secretary that she was helpful when a customer called? Truthfully, as an HR manager or boss, these approaches are simply boring.
Here are 7 unique ways to make your employees really smile from ear to ear. Take note of the tips below and implement them into your workplace right away!
1) Make a catchy, personalized thank you video.
A video makes a lasting impression. Create a video thanking your employee for what they do best and feel free to add a little humor! Record the video with your phone, tablet or camera and personalize it with a your favorite editng app (there are many). Or, head over to Fiverr.com, where you can tell videographers, actors, and even puppets (controlled by humans of course) what to say or do for your employee!
2) Give them their own parking space.
Make them feel like the next company CEO! Reward them by providing their own parking space. If you want to go all out, get a sign in front of their new open space. They will really appreciate this – especially on those rainy or really cold days!
3) Praise them on social media.
A major part of social media is being personable with your audience. For your next social post, for example, snap a photo of your employee. Say what they do and explain their superb qualities. Employees are people too, not just workers. Remember to get permission before posting their photo or other information on a social media website!
4) New title for them? Got for it.
Whether your employees admit it or not, their title is certainly something generally important to them. Present them with their new title and if they like it, tell them you’re going to order brand new business cards. This will make them feel very proud.
5) Leave a handwritten thank you note.
Put your tablet, phone or computer keyboard aside and write a personalized thank you note on paper. Explain how you appreciate what they have done and their positive traits. Leave this note on their desk in an envelope.
6) Have an “employee of the month”
Each month, choose a different employee to recognize. For example, put their picture and description of why they were chosen on the company bulletin board. You can also distribute employee recognition gifts on this day, so the morale of your employees gets even higher. You can also make an announcement at the next meeting, with a standing ovation at the end!
7) Give them a weekly dress-down day for a month.
If your office does not have any dress-down days, give your employee one day per week for a month. Any day of the week should be acceptable. Just make sure they don’t wear anything inappropriate!
I hope these ideas will inspire and give you more methods for you to recognize your employees. Remember that a positive vibe and teamwork are critical to the success of your company!