Ten Tips on Rewarding Employees

1. Be creative. Managers should be as creative as possible in coming up with ideas for rewards. I have seen managers who have been incredibly creative, and have even bartered their services to another company in order to get rewards for their employees.

2. Use the element of surprise. Sometimes the element of surprise can add a great deal of impact to a reward. I once went into an employee’s office on a Friday afternoon at 2:00 and told her she had worked really hard and to take the rest of the day off. It had the desired effect: She felt appreciated!

3. Small rewards can be big. Many times, small rewards can be very big in terms of impact. As I stated earlier, I belong to Toastmasters, and at every meeting, there ...

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