How Can You Reward Exceptional Employees?

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When it comes to employee appreciation, it’s important to make the effort to reward hard work and dedication. Your budget may not allow for bonus checks or lavish gifts, however it is still essential to acknowledge those who are going the extra mile.

Are you looking for some simple ways to reward employees? We have you covered!

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.”

Specific compliments will let your employees know that you see they are working hard and are paying attention to their efforts.

2. Provide Growth Opportunities

If you see your employees doing great work, give them opportunities to grow. Reward them with important tasks that will make a difference to the company. An example could be something like tickets to an industry conference where they can expand their network and continue to increase their skills.

3. A Free Meal

Offering a free breakfast or lunch to employees is an often-appreciated reward. Whether you take your team out or have it catered, make sure your employees know it’s on you and they are being rewarded for their work.

4. Get Their Feedback

If you have an employee who you trust and always produces quality work, ask them how they think the office or company is doing. The reward comes from them seeing their boss respects and values their thoughts and opinions.

5. A Simple Thank You

Sometimes, a simple thank you can be a reward in itself. Employees can often feel their work is overlooked or unimportant; taking the time to individually thank employees can mean a lot.

You don’t need a huge, expensive budget to reward and appreciate employees. Taking the time to acknowledge and listen to your staff is important to maintaining a happy and content office.
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How to Write A Professional Email

For many industries and companies, email is one of the most common forms of communication. Whether used for a quick response or a longer detailed message, email is an excellent form of communication. As such, it’s important that it looks professional.

Since this method of communication is used so often, there is a lot of room for error, which can negatively impact yourself and your business.

Here are a few key tips to remember when writing and sending emails that could save you a ton of grief.

5 Email Etiquette Tips

  1. Proofreading

While many email servers offer editing services, they may not catch the wrong word if it’s spelled correctly; if you write “ant” but mean “and” the editor may not catch it. While this may seem like a simple mistake, and the email recipient will likely know what you are trying to convey, it can make you look less professional.

  1. Take the time to read and then re-read your email

On occasion, you may want to ask a trusted colleague to proofread an email for you to catch anything you missed. This is especially important if you’re trying to convey a message that is potentially confusing or of a sensitive nature. Don’t lose credibility over a silly error!

  1. Keep It Brief

As we mentioned above, email is commonly used in businesses across all industries; people can receive dozens of emails each day. Get to the point quickly in your message so your recipient is more likely to provide a timely and efficient response. If needed, you can always pick up the phone or arrange a time to meet to review the points of your email together.

  1. Consider Your Subject Line

The subject line is one of the most important parts of your email. Does it represent your email accurately? Will it encourage the recipient to open your email? If they wanted to search for your email a week after receiving it, will they be able to remember the subject line? Make sure your subject line is clear and descriptive about what you need or are trying to convey; and remember, it is the first thing they’ll see!

  1. Remember Email Can Last Forever

Regardless of whom you’re emailing, remember that what you send can potentially be shared for anyone to see. Don’t be unprofessional or treat the recipient poorly; they can always take a screenshot of the message and share it with your supervisor, potential clients or publicly on social media. This can negatively impact your job as well as your  company.

When writing an email, take the time to proofread your work, keep it brief, use an effective subject line and remember that what you write can live on. Are you interested in more workplace tips?

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5-Minute Team Building Games Your Employees Will Actually Like

Team building exercises should be both educational and enjoyable for your staff. By implementing five-minute games into your meetings, your employees will develop their communication and problem solving skills while also growing and learning about one another. We have outlined our four favorite team building games for you to try at your next staff meeting. 

Four 5-Minute Team Building Exercises For Your Staff

1. Play a Quiz 

Create a quiz with five to 10 team building questions on it about your company history, future company goals, the boss’ background or any other relevant topic. Once your employees have finished the quiz, go through the questions and reveal the correct answers. If an employee gets an answer wrong, they are out. The last one standing wins!  

2. Describe and Draw 

Pair off your employees into teams of two. One person on each team will start with a blank piece of paper and the other’s paper will have a shape (e.g. circle, square, triangle, etc.) on it. Whoever starts with the paper with a shape, will need to describe the shape to their partner without saying the name of it. Their partner will need to listen and draw their interpretation of whatever they think their teammate is describing. At the end, have a short de-briefing and learn how each employee communicates and receives messages differently.

3. Object Memory

Create a list of at least 30 words. They can be related to a topic of your choice or random. Display the list for your employees to view for one minute while they try to memorize as many words as possible. After one minute, hide the list and ask everyone to write down as many words as they can remember. See who remembered the most. Repeat this game with a new list of 30 words, and let your employees try in teams. They will quickly see that they can remember more words when they collaborate. Debrief and discuss assumptions about working individually vs. collaborating. 

4. Purpose Mingle

This is a quick and easy team building game that will improve your employees’ productivity and get them thinking about how they will contribute to an office meeting. Before your next meeting, have each individual walk around and share what they hope to contribute to the meeting with as many of their colleagues as possible. If applicable, you can offer a prize to the employee who shares with the most people, and another for the employee who successfully contributes what they intended.

Developing an efficient team doesn’t have to be tedious or an overwhelming challenge. Most leaders and managers today are beginning to understand that we get more out of our employees when they feel valued, and team building activities are an easy way to get employees recognized. Entertain your employees while reinforcing company values in an engaging and lasting manner. 

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How to Increase Employee Motivation: Avoid These 4 Mistakes

In seeking low-cost and time-efficient methods for employee motivation, managers often make a few crucial mistakes that can actually harm morale and lower engagement at work. Every office and individual is unique so it can be difficult to please everyone, and managers often have the best of intentions when they try to encourage their team, but they don’t always hit the mark. We have outlined four ways your own actions can work against your goals when it comes to motivating employees. 

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6 Easy Desk Exercises for the Workplace

Wellness initiatives can seem like an extravagant use of time and money to companies that have not yet adopted them. However, according to the federal Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, they have several benefits to employers – not the least of which are increased employee retention and reduced sick days. One of the easiest ways to emphasise wellness into the workplace is by introducing simple exercises that can help offset the negative effects of working long hours at a desk. 

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How to Exit a Position on Good Terms as a Temporary Employee

If you’re a temporary employee or contract hire who’s completed their assignment, how do you exit your position with good rapport between you and your employer? Josephine’s Professional Staffing has assembled a short, helpful guide to leaving on a high note.

Employers at contract jobs can serve as valuable references for a resume, showing future employers that your short stay was valuable. This article will guide you through leaving a lasting, positive impression on your workplace when you move on to a new opportunity.

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Knowing Your Rights About Background Checks: What You Need To Know

According to the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), over 95 percent of employers say they’ve performed background checks on new and potential hires. As a job seeker, it is important to have a basic understanding of your rights as they relate to questions about your legal and personal history. 

This blog post explores the legalities associated with employee background checks, including:

  • What potential employers can ask
  • What laws forbid employers to ask
  • How to prepare for background checks
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Resume Tips: How To List Temporary Positions On Your CV

For those who’ve worked temporary or contract positions, it can be challenging to know how these short-term engagements affect the value of your work experience on paper. It’s important to present temporary work experience as valuable, with each job adding to your skills and experience, and forming you into the ideal candidate for a new opportunity. Here are six helpful resume tips that will help you stand out in the application process.

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6 Benefits & Challenges To Open Offices In The Workplace

A common trend many companies are moving toward is dropping cubicle boundaries and creating open offices. There are positives and negatives to this choice, with opinions ranging from loving the redesigned spaces to hating them. Here are three challenges and three benefits of open offices so you can decide for yourself what might work best for your workplace.

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