What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when someone says employee incentives? It’s more than likely, pay raises or something of that nature. I asked my mom this question and that was the first thing she blurted out. For a woman who has been in the workforce for over 40 years, that was surprising to me. There are so many other ways to offer employee incentives other than pay raises. The business I currently work for, I believe, does the best job at offering their employees incentives to help increase their workplace productivity. There are some many of my colleagues who have stayed and succeeded with this business and it’s truly because they care about their employees. I’m not trying to promote the company I work for, but I just want to show you how much employee incentives can affect your business.
Wanted to recognize my work
Within my first month of working at my business, I received by first “token.” At the time, I had no clue what it was. It was just an email that popped and said someone sent you token. When I went to my supervisor to ask for further explanation, they just said that it meant I didn’t something that I may not have had to do and they wanted to recognize my work. I walked away feeling proud that someone had noticed the little things. This wasn’t anything special and related to money in any way, but it gave the extra push I needed to keep working hard. Recognizing your employees for working hard can go a long way and make them want to keep working hard.
Our business has been totally understanding
I have good friend/colleague who works for the same business as I do and she’s a mother of two children. Her children being her main priority, she has worked hard to make sure her work schedule didn’t conflict with her children’s school schedules. Our business has been totally understanding of her situation and allows her to work at the times that work best for her schedule. For instance, she leaves every afternoon in time to pick up her children on time from school even though this may not be typical “office hours.” If one of her children are sick, she can stay home with them without feeling guilty about missing work. Our business also offers employees the ability to work from home, if needed. We have many people who work “virtually” part-time and in the office part-time, or completely virtual for those who live out of town. Our business truly wants to help us do what’s best for us so that we can do our best work to benefit them.
Opportunities to break up the work day
We’ve all had a job at some point in our life that got to be monotonous at times. At first, it just seems as though you’re getting into a routine. After a while, it can wear on you and can begin to feel boring or not fulfilling. A great incentive to offer to employees are opportunities to break up the work day. Give your employee to step away from their desks and do or think about something else. Each company does this a little differently. Some have gyms in their office that are free to employees to use at any point. Others offer classes for them take throughout the day, like a cooking class. My company has a room with treadmills in it that you can reserve for 30 minutes at a time with a beautiful view overlooking the water. The treadmills have a desk attached to them so people are even still able to work while being active. Each these items are solely set in place to give your employee an escape from the monotony, a change of scenery, or a chance to get active. Afterwards, your employees return to work refreshed and ready to take on the rest of work day.
Levels of your business
Incentives are important and don’t always have cost your business a fortune. I have given you three ways to offer employee incentives to help boost workplace productivity. Give recognition for hard work. Be sure to have this come from all levels of your business, such a manager to employee and employee to employee. Offer flexible scheduling to trusted employees. Let them decide what works best for them so they can do their best for you. Give them an escape while working throughout the day. Even a change a scenery can give employees that extra push to get them through the day. Each of these incentives could strongly increase your employees’ workplace productivity helping to push your business to the next level.
I truly believe that if the business that I worked for did not offer these incentives, employees wouldn’t want to stay with the business and wouldn’t be as satisfied with their current jobs. Due to this, the business I work for is one of the most wanted jobs in our area. People want to work for a business that is doing great things and cares about them as individuals, not just worker bees.