Recognition of outstanding employee performance can come in a number of forms, including gifts or gift cards, monetary rewards, “comp days”, trophies, plaques, and on and on. Consultants who specialize in these sorts of things have found that, while the financial boon of a bonus clearly holds the most weight with recipients, the “public” announcement of their achievement can be just as important as a motivator of recurring reward-worthy behavior. Naturally, the complete details of some bonus programs cannot and should not be public knowledge but when company-wide recognition of outstanding staff members can be shared in the workplace, it usually impacts more than just the one employee.
So here’s a thought from eSigns.com: Salute your employee of the month/quarter/year with an in house banner or sign, posted in a public place, so that it can be viewed by both your customers and your staff. It’s a lot more glamorous than that plaque on the wall, and when the monthly salute is finished, you can send the sign or banner home with the employee to share with his/her family. If your space is small, consider a Coroplast Yard Sign from eSigns.com—without the “H” stakes—and simply mount it on a wall or an easel. Or, if you have the room, employ a Vinyl Banner. If you have prime parking areas, eSigns.com can help you designate a specific parking space with a Metallic Sign “reserving” that spot for the employee of the month. These are surprisingly cost-effective options that show you care and they work great in combination with that extra spiff!