This is a guest post by Amanda Green.
How do you motivate your employees to be more productive? In every organization, there are employees who will do everything to ensure that work is done. They will arrive early and stay long after everyone has left. These are the workers who want to see the company grow even when they do not benefit directly. If you want to get the best out of such people, you have to find a way to award them. You need to show them that you recognize their hard work by appreciating everything that they do, such as giving Crystal Awards. There are many ways through which you can appreciate such employees. Let us look at some of them.
Introducing regular awards
You can introduce an employee of the month award to recognize those workers who perform the best every month. Make sure that you monitor every employee to find out how they perform. For example, you may want to know the volume of work that they accomplish every day. You may also want to know the employees that arrive early and those that work extra hours. Sometimes, you may want to know how much they help their colleagues to do their work. When you do this, you will notice that every worker wants to be more productive, and that is how you increase your company’s earnings.
Recognition in front of other employees
Sometimes, recognizing your employees in front of their colleagues works magic. You may want to mention their achievements during a company meeting. You may also want to talk about the exemplary things that they did during a lunch break or after work. This motivates them to work even more. You will notice that when you recognize them in front of their peers, they gain more confidence and therefore, they will want to work even more. It also makes the other employees want to follow suit because they too want to be recognized just like their colleagues.
Lunch with the boss
You can also award your employees by inviting them to lunch. Find out the workers that have been most productive for the month and invite them to lunch or dinner. Nothing motivates an employee more than a chat with the boss. Use this opportunity to let them know that you are impressed with their performance and so you would like to spend some time with them. It can be lunch prepared in the office or at your favorite restaurant. A drink will also make them happy and, as you will find out, they will want to work even more so that they can get another chance to dine with the boss.
Certificate of recognition
A written award can also motivate your employees to work more. When you issue them with a certificate, they will keep it and they will always look at it and remember how you rewarded then. Such certificates can also serve as testimonials so that whenever they are asked about their achievements, they can produce them. Certificates can be more fulfilling than other awards such as lunch or days off. For instance, long after the award, the employees may forget about the lunch, but they will always have the certificates to show for their hard work.
If you have enough funds, you can award your employees by giving them shopping vouchers. Let them choose anything that they want to purchase as long as it fits in the price range that you have decided upon. You can also add other incentives, such as allowing them an afternoon off duty to go shopping. It may only be a small amount of money, but the motivation that it instills in your workers will be huge. At the end of the day, you will notice that they work harder and, therefore, the amount of money that you spent on the voucher will be recovered in no time. There are many other ways through which you can reward your employees. You may want to find out the things that fascinate them most before choosing an award. People like different things and you should know your employees well before choosing anything for them. You can easily identify the right way to award them by carrying out a small survey. You will be baffled to find out that what you thought was the best for them is nowhere close to what they prefer. Ultimately, the awards should serve as a motivator so that they work even more.