Do You Have An Employee Of The Month?
There’s a lot you have to do when you’re running a business. You have to keep track of daily orders, shipping lengths and prices, customer complaints, how the website looks etc. And that’s just a small portion of daily activities; no wonder you’re at your desk 24/7!
But if you’ve got a business, there’s a good chance you’re not the only one working in it. You have employees, and you have a payroll to follow through on week after week. All in all, your employees are a huge part of your business, and you wouldn’t be the same without them. So make sure you’re recognising them for their work and talents, and introduce an employee of the month scheme for them to benefit from. Here’s how.
Give all your employees a chance to shine, no matter what kind of employee they are! (Image)
First of All, Don’t Force It
Have a trial run of your employee of the month program first of all, to see how your staff respond to it and get some of their feedback on it. You don’t want it to be a complete waste of time and resources because none of your workers are more motivated as a result. And if it just creates more of a hostile work environment, it’s clear you need to come up with a group reward program instead!
Know What Behaviours You’re Rewarding
Because if you don’t know, you won’t be able to hand out the custom plaques you’ve had made to congratulate someone! Think about who you are as a company, and what you represent, and how you go about it. Don’t worry, that’s a lot easier to do than you think.
If you’re running a retail store, for example, someone who goes out of their way to please customers is top of the line for the reward. Whether it’s because of their sales tactic, or because they’ve always kept the shelves stocked without fail (and you’ve sold more products because of this…), make sure this is recognised in your reasons behind presenting them with the title. Other employees will know that’s what you’re looking for, and hopefully change their own tactics as a result.
Don’t Exclude Anyone
Make sure the employee of the month award isn’t only for a select group of your staff, as this can show others you hire that they have no chance to thrive in the job they currently have. If you have both full and part time employees, make sure both groups are eligible to receive the recognition; they’re both crucial elements of your business after all.
You can always personalise the reward if you want to congratulate someone with a lot more enthusiasm because of the amazing work they’ve been doing, so it’s no bother if you feel the reward won’t be special as a result of including all your staff.
Employee of the month is one of the oldest programs in the book, but it can be very effective when used properly!
xoxo, Karmen K
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