Happy, engaged employees make for successful, profitable businesses. That’s a statement that can be backed up statistically. Companies with engaged employees make 2.5 times the revenue of those with disengaged staff.

 

Companies with engaged employees make 2.5 times the revenue of those with disengaged staff.

 

Also, highly engaged employees are 87 percent less likely to leave the company.

Perhaps most importantly, 69 percent of employees would work harder if they felt their efforts were better appreciated.

 

69% of employees would work harder if they felt their efforts were better appreciated.

 

When it comes down to it, people like to be recognized for a job well done. There are a multitude of ways to show your employees just how important they are to the company. Appreciation can take many forms: a company picnic, a simple thank-you note or even a formal employee-recognition program.

We’ve put together a list of five fun ways to reward employees, including employee-reward ideas that range from small (a thank-you note) to big (a company sporting event). Bonus: Each idea is accompanied by a piece of branded company swag, designed to tie into the reward and remind employees of their value to the company.

 

Thank-you card with pen

Often the most impactful reward or recognition is the one given immediately after a job well done. This can take many forms, including verbal recognition or a timely email.

It can be especially meaningful to go the extra mile and give your employees a handwritten thank-you note. Better yet, pair it with a Hex Pen – Thank You. This simple pen with the words “Thank You” on the grip will remind employees of your appreciation every time they pick it up.

 

Office masseuse and compact massager

A 15- to 20-minute chair massage can reduce stress by 85 percent and increase immune function as well as focus, energy and mental clarity.

 

A 15 to 20 minute chair massage can increase immune function, focus, energy and mental clarity.

 

Bring in an office masseuse for a day or two and let your employees treat themselves to fifteen minutes of rest and relaxation.

To help employees remember to take time for themselves, offer them an Icy Massager or a Massage Ball.

 

Friday afternoon off with shades

Sometimes the best reward for a job well done is an afternoon off that they can spend outdoors. You could make this offer available to one employee as a personal reward or to the entire office: The choice is up to you.

Whether they hit the trails, have lunch in the park or enjoy a day at the beach, employees are sure to appreciate being sent on their way with a pair of company logo’d shades. These Risky Business Sunglasses – Gradient Lens are a stylish way to help your team enjoy their fun in the sun.

 

Company picnic and lunch set

Nothing brings a team together like a couple hours off midday to rest, relax, destress, eat a good meal, and chat up their coworkers.

Depending on your budget, you can pair this with one of many employee-reward ideas to remind them of a fun afternoon, food and fellowship.  For something simple and inexpensive, choose a branded Folding Foam Can Cooler to help keep their drink cold. Encourage staff to pack a healthy lunch with the Cutlery Lunch Box Set. This reusable lunch box comes complete with a knife, fork and spoon, plus a divided tray to help keep their food separated.

Want to help your employees put together a picnic of their own? Give them an All-in-One Beach Cooler Backpack. This pack allows them to store their perishables in a large insulated compartment. Plus, there’s space in the bag to hold hiking, park or beach gear.

 

Sports event and a team T-shirt

If you’re looking for the ultimate way to reward employees, whether for a great year or an uptick in monthly sales, consider picking up tickets for a local sporting event. Then outfit your crew with Pro Team Home and Away Wicking Tees, available in men’s or ladies’, to remind them that they, too, are part of a team.

 

Make appreciation a daily event

Recognize employees who work hard with a kind word, a handwritten note or by hosting a company picnic. With so many ways to give thanks, you’re sure to find the employee-reward idea that works best for you!

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