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Firms do have to be creative when it comes the time to offer some rewards and privileges to their employees.  Rewards programs can greatly improve your staff’s motivation and retention.  Look into it seriously and understand what could work the best for your organization and your specific teams of employees.  Do not improvise such a reward program at the last minute, do put some thoughts into it so it can benefit the entire organization.  Let’s talk about a few different ways here you can start rewarding the deserving members of your team.

Help your team members have that increased desire to show up to work every single day.  That’s true, the right reward program can significantly decrease absenteeism in your company.  If you find rewards that any of your employees would to love to win or earn, you can be certain that they will do everything in their power to be the one getting that perk.  This means that their performance at work will increase and their enthusiasm as well.  Free lunches, movies tickets or even weekend gateways, are only a few examples of rewards employees appreciate.


Recognizing your employees in a unique and special manner can be one of the smartest move your company can make.  Sure, some monetary incentives or prizes will go a long way.  However, please do not forget how much a personalized thank you and a hand shake from a manager can bring the best out of a staff member.  Saying thank you to your employees for their job well done is free, easy but so meaningful, please do it and do it often.

Next, consider adding some flexible options in your employees work’s schedule and work environment.  Perhaps they can work from home on Fridays or when their child is sick.  Give them the opportunity to cumulate some overtime the week so they can leave early on one day of their choice.  Find the options that are crowd pleasers and go for it.  The happier your employees are with their work conditions, the more efficient and loyal they will be.


Avoid losing employees because they do get bored with their current job functions.  Offer your valuable employees some learning and advancement opportunities.  Discuss with your staff about their career plan and help them achieve their goals within your firm.

Make sure the environment created within your firm is favorable and respectful.  Any employee likes to feel safe at work but also welcome to express their opinions and ideas.  Make sure you do keep an open door policy.  Although it may not always be possible as a supervisor to keep your door physically opened, make sure your team members know they can come and talk to you at any time.  Schedule some time aside to ask how they are doing or hear what they have on their mind when needed.

Don’t forget to look into the office space and also make sure your employees are comfortable and content.  Ensure that everyone has the supplies they need to perform their work to the best of their ability.  Sitting comfortably, at your work station or even in the rest areas throughout the company can considerably influence someone’s day.  Question your staff on what they think could be improved in their work environment and build on from there.  Often small updates and simple accessories can truly make a big difference.

Michael Klein is a premier writer and speaker on all aspects of human capital.  As VP Operations for KDS Staffing, Inc., he has achieved industry-leading success. Michael was awarded, The New York State Small Business Growth Award; presented by Governor George Pataki.  Additionally, Michael has successfully grown and sold multiple firms. If you or your organization would like to discuss hiring needs, contact Michael at 646-350-3015 or

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