Tip to Drive Engagement: Employee Appreciation Gifts

19 Nov

Tip to Drive Engagement: Employee Appreciation Gifts

Getting the sense that your employees are feeling a little ho-hum, a little un-Engaged? If there’s anything I’ve learned from my time at work, it’s that employee Engagement is Key. Engagement is the magical X-factor that turns employees from easily tired workers with limited resources into productivity machines, able of cranking out 3x the number of widgets with only half as many breaks, sick days, or hours of sleep!

So, in order to cultivate an environment of machine-like productivity, you need to inspire Engagement. A great way to do this is through Employee Appreciation Gifts.

What’s great is you usually only have to invest about $.15 per employee for untold increases in employee happiness and productivity, which makes it an amazing Return on Investment. Some popular options may include key chains, flashlights, desk ornaments, or if you’re feeling extra generous, coffee mugs. Remember to get your company name printed on said items so every time your employee joyously uses it they can remember who the benefactor of their happiness was.

If $.15 per employee happens to bust your Employee Engagement budget, you can always print out Achievement Awards, which we learned the value of here.

An effective way to add an extra bang for your quarter-buck is to have upper management personally shake hands with employees while passing out said Appreciation Gifts. When shaking hands, the big-wig should say something along the lines of “We appreciate you”. This will really drive the point home that you appreciate your employees.

After receiving their gift, you can also bestow upon them some kind of food item such as a hotdog or a mini bag of Nabs. Your employees should now be feeling very Engaged, so be sure to usher them quickly back to their cubicles for some quality widget-making time!


Interesting and Appropriate Author  Side-note: This year my company gave out flashlights for Employee Appreciation Gifts, which I found engaging as it gave me something to play with during the intermittent power outages. Tragically though, it turned out they tended to leak battery acid. Thankfully my company was both savvy and able to prioritize my need to avoid direct contact with sulfuric acid over my need to light up dark spaces, and they recalled the flashlights two weeks later. A replacement gift is still forthcoming, but I’m sure they’ll get to it.


10 Responses to “Tip to Drive Engagement: Employee Appreciation Gifts”

  1. Fred Wanner November 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Best story line yet and so, so true in the corporate world. Thanks

  2. lifeshighwaygame November 19, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    I also received a flashlight which i guard with the utmost caution. Just because others broke their mini- mag does not give them the right to snag mine. I’m not sure it makes me more productive but I do enjoy the power trip of having the only working light.

  3. W. R. Woolf November 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    I love the drawing, it says everything 🙂
    And giving out coffee mugs has the extra bonus that when employees drink coffee they can work longer hours 😉

    • sharkables November 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

      Thanks! Good point on the coffee mugs, that extra $.10 investment can go a long way!

  4. The Hook November 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    “Your employees should now be feeling very Engaged, so be sure to usher them quickly back to their cubicles for some quality widget-making time!”
    Fantastic post – and tips!

  5. Vicki December 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    We recently got a piece of paper printed out with the title “We Appreciate You” to pin up on our cubicles. Management will paste little stickers on it when we do something worthy. I haven’t felt so engaged since kindergarten.

    • sharkables December 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

      Ahh that’s great! If I had a comment of the week award I would give it to you

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