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How to Reward Exceptional Employees

June 14th, 2018

How do you reward your employees?

When it comes to employee appreciation, it’s important to reward them. Your budget may not allow for bonus checks or lavish gifts, however it is still important to acknowledge hard work and dedication.

What are simple ways to reward employees? Keep reading to find out.

How to Reward Employees

  1. Give Specific Compliments

The Muse recommends offering specific compliments over generic ones. For example:

Good: “Thanks for your hard work, Cathy!”

Better: “Thanks for putting in so much hard work to win over that new client, Cathy!”

Best: “Cathy, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your hard work to land the new Smith account. We’ve been after that account for several months, so you really stepped up to close an important deal. This is a huge win for you, our team, and the entire company.”

This will let your employee know you see they are working hard and are paying attention to them and their efforts. Read the rest of this entry »

Motivate Your Team with These Non-Monetary Incentives!

September 19th, 2017

It’s almost fall, which is a great time to show your workers you care about them, and provide incentives to keep their work the best it can be. If you’re looking for ways to reward your team members without straying from a tight company budget, non-monetary incentives are the way to go. Although money is a motivator for many people, most use it to pay bills instead of doing something fun, and you may see what was meant to be a reward turn into just another paycheck. To help retain top talent and keep them motivated, try one of these four non-monetary incentives.

Want to motivate your team without spending lots of money? Read on!

4 Best Incentives that Don’t Break the Bank!

  1. Offer Continuing Education

This incentive is a great way to improve the quality of work from your team members and make them feel appreciated and invested in! Workplace education or paid certification courses will help your office soar to new heights and encourage your workers’ talents. Try night school classes, on the job training or other continuing education options.

  1. Reward Them in Small Ways

You don’t have to give your workers extra vacation days or swag items to motivate them. Small (and free!) benefits like a dedicated parking space, picking an employee of the month or a more relaxed dress code can all have the same effect as cash. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Create a Strong Employee Recognition Program

April 18th, 2017

Are you giving your workers enough employee recognition? The startling lack of employee engagement in today’s business world not only puts a damper on overall productivity in the workplace, but it also can create hostility and stress for both employers and their team members. What most people don’t see is that the simple, cost-effective solution for increasing employee engagement is to show your workers you appreciate them.

Encourage employee engagement by recognizing your team members!

However, this doesn’t mean that buying boxes of donuts, offering more paid time off (PTO) and giving out monetary bonuses will solve all of your problems. According to the Towers Watson Global Recognition Study, “In order for recognition to be effective, managers must clearly define performance expectations and, with equal clarity, convey to employees what shape the rewards for performance will take.” What does an employee recognition program look like? Here are three steps to take when creating one. Read the rest of this entry »

Fall into Employee Appreciation: 4 Activities to Try

October 4th, 2016

Fall has arrived and with it comes a great new opportunity to show your employees you value their contributions to your company. While employee appreciation is something you should focus on year-round, autumn provides several wonderful opportunities to take advantage of.

One of the best ways to encourage employee engagement and boost workplace morale is to break up stale routines, so keep up on observances, major holidays and fun opportunities to treat your employees; they will feel more valued and committed to the company.

Read on for four creative activities that will help your team members feel like valued and appreciated workers.

Carving pumpkins is a fun employee appreciation tradition for fall.

Carving pumpkins is a fun employee appreciation tradition for fall.

4 Best Autumn Employee Appreciation Activities

  1. Observe Cake Decorating Day: October 8th

Some managers treat their team members to a special cake and ice cream party when they want to appreciate a job well done; boost the fun by letting them decorate the cake themselves! October 8th is National Cake Decorating Day; turn it into a group activity that everyone will enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Employee Appreciation Ideas for Spring

April 5th, 2016

Spring is a wonderful time for employee appreciation; the warmer weather and return of sunshine help boost your team’s morale! After working hard all winter long, your employees deserve some kudos. Read on for four great ideas to show your team you’re grateful this spring.


4 Employee Appreciation Ideas for Spring

  1. An Outdoor Event

A picnic, scavenger hunt or challenge course can all be great activities to treat your employees this springtime. After spending 40 hours a week cooped up indoors, an afternoon outside can do wonders for their morale, energy levels and sense of team spirit. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Best Employee Appreciation Ideas for Fall

September 29th, 2015

Fall is here, and it’s the perfect time to reflect on gratitude and reward hard work. Employee appreciation doesn’t have to break the budget and there are many creative ways to show your team you care this season. Here are the four best ideas for getting outdoors before winter and showing some employee appreciation.

What will you do for your team this fall?

What will you do for your team this fall?

4 Employee Appreciation Ideas for Fall

  1. Take a Nature Walk

We’ve mentioned the benefits of having plants in the office for boosting health, and going outdoors is a great way to gain the benefits of nature. Fresh air, changing leaves and the crisp breeze of fall are the perfect for reenergizing your team and showing them a thank you. In addition, you’ll also see some of the benefits of walking in action, which can keep your whole office healthier and happier. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Employee Appreciation Ideas for Summer

June 23rd, 2015

There’s no better way to show your employee appreciation by getting outdoors and enjoying some summer weather. In order to keep your team focused on work instead of running away to beach vacations, consider showing them some extra recognition to keep their morale high. Here are 4 great employee appreciation activities to take advantage of the sunshine.

jpssummer4 Employee Appreciation Ideas for Summer

  1. A Company Picnic

Hosting an annual company picnic is a great way to show employee appreciation. Including families and holding fun activities will make workers feel loyal to the company and excited to work there. As a bonus, use the event as an opportunity for team-building events or group sports games, and recognize workers who do well. Read the rest of this entry »

Employee Incentive Programs

September 30th, 2014

More than half of America’s companies are using incentive programs to motivate their employees. An incentive program is used to reward overall employee performance. This, in turn, raises employee morale and efficiency. There are many types of incentive plans and the way a company chooses to celebrate its employees can highlight the company’s own culture and values.


Photo Courtesy of: Judit Klein via Flickr

Employee incentive programs come in many forms. The most common are rewards that are compensation based, like a bonus at the end of the year or quarter. Gifts are another common type of reward but should be proportionate based on performance. Creative gifts that are in line with the company’s image can be perceived better by employees than traditional cash rewards so this can save your company money! Other incentives like perks can also help boost morale. Instituting experiences like Take Your Pet to Work Day or Casual Fridays can be a great way to lift spirits.

Increasing productivity makes investing in employee incentive programs worth the expense. Companies that institute reward systems for employee achievements enjoy 50 percent higher sales, and productivity that is 38 percent above average. The most common type of recognition for employees, which nearly 90 percent of companies recognize, is the anniversary of service. Employees can enjoy a small token of appreciation for each year they are employed, which makes them feel more loyal.

In instances where a business triumph can’t be credited to one particular person, like meeting sales goals or hitting a revenue marker, it can beneficial to reward the whole team. This makes employees feel like they belong and raises overall happiness in the workplace. Taking a half-day off or bringing in lunch is a great way to reward everyone.

When creating an employee incentive program, make sure that all of your team members are aware of all incentives they can attain. This ensures transparency and clearness about goals and expectations. The employee has a goal to shoot for and this can help drive their productivity. Good incentive programs can help both the company and the employee not only meet, but exceed their goals.


About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WOSB), Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (EDWOSB),  and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE). We can be reached at or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131