Rewards are a powerful tool to improve employee engagement. There are different kinds of employee rewards out there.
The good news?
We’ve collected the very best and most creative employee reward ideas, and put it all into one big list for you.
1. Point-based Reward
Develop a point-based reward system to provide a perfect platform for ongoing recognition. Employees are awarded points for every time they go above and beyond.
After accumulating a certain amount, employees can redeem their points for gifts. You could offer a variety of rewards for the employees to select from.
2. Surprise Gift Bag
Who doesn’t love to get a surprise package? Make the whole gift-giving fun by curating a few combinations of gift hampers for your employees.
The hamper can have items such as movie tickets, gift vouchers, office essentials, phone covers, water bottles, etc. You can then ask your employees to choose a surprise gift bag randomly.
3. Personalized Rewards
“One-size fits all” approach doesn’t fit while rewarding your employees. It’s a great idea to take the effort of going the extra mile to understand their needs and reward your rockstar employees accordingly.
A tailor-made reward naturally creates a lasting impact on the mind of employees. When you go out of your way to add a personal touch to your reward, it ascertains a connection between the receiver and the giver.
We live in a world of subscriptions, right from Spotify Premium to Apple Music Plus, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Zomato Gold, and many more. Everyone these days has a playlist that is jarred by the occurrence of an ad. Or, they are missing out on some great content in their free time.
Maybe someone likes to eat out frequently. The point is that you can make their lives easier by giving them a subscription to their preferred platform.
5. Pay for Online Classes
Offer sponsored enrolment to online classes on the topics or courses of their choice. It’s a great corporate gift and also presents a caring image of your company.
Additionally, it facilitates personal as well as professional employee development which will account for even better performance in the long run.
6. Charitable Donations
Multiple studies have shown that workers, especially those in the millennial generation, value brands, and employers that emphasize doing good in the world. Find out what their favorite charity is and donate to it in their honor.
7. Gym/Fitness Membership
Staying physically healthy is a big contributor to feeling mentally and emotionally healthy. Reward your employees with a membership to a gym or other fitness program. Consider memberships to yoga and indoor cycling studios, too!
Finances can be a barrier to health for some employees. By providing them with a gym membership, you can remove this barrier.
8. Gift Cards
Conduct virtual quizzes using tools like Trivia, and offer gift cards for the winners.
From shopping to traveling to dining – Gift cards are available for almost everything you can think for. What makes gift cards unique and better than cash is that they ensure your employees have guilt-free spending.
9. Give Them Electronic Products
Electronic products such as smartwatches, fitness trackers, portable Bluetooth speakers, headphones, phone adapters, power banks are favorite gift items among millennials and GenZers. Employees will always appreciate a good quality electronics product.
10. Parking Spot for a Week
Like your office, a parking spot that’s close to the office or in the shade is a high level of privilege to those who bring their cars to the office.
Give it up to your winner for a week as a daily reminder of how you value them. As an added perk, you could even get a small sign with their name printed on it to show that space is really ‘theirs’ for the week.
11. Free Event Tickets
Concert tickets are another great, custom-tailored reward you can offer to your esteemed employees. It’s pretty much impossible to find someone who doesn’t love either a certain kind of music or a specific sports team. Those would be some excellent rewards for a job well done.
12. Uber Ride Credit
If you live in a city with ride-sharing, your employees most likely use it. They might even use it to get to work every day. Give them credit with the service they use the most that will cover a month or two of trips.
13. Personal Recognition
In case you are looking for low-cost options, you can also recognize the hard work done by your employees through a personal note written by an eminent member of your organization.
It could be the Business Manager or the CEO, preferably a person at a higher designation. A simple note like this: “Kim, your marketing report was excellent. The charts and graphs were well done and easy to read. I appreciate your hard work on this!”
Allowing your best performers to take time off not only gives them a well-needed rest but also signals that you care about the well-being of your employees which in turn results in a can help create a happier and more productive work culture.
15. Personalized stickers, mugs, and magnets
Surprise your employees with stickers, mugs, or magnets printed with their faces or their pets’ faces!
What ideas are you using to reward and appreciate your employees? If we’ve missed any cool ideas let us know in the comments below.