How many people do you know that were born with a silver spoon in their mouth? If I had to guess, I would say not many. Sure, there is some rich folk that decides to go to work out of sheer boredom, but as for the rest of us, we go to work out of necessity. We have to pay for such things as a mortgage or rent, food, utilities and kid’s activities. As a result, every Monday morning we have a strong desire to call in sick because we are in fact “sick” of our jobs.
This is where the idea of corporate incentive gifts comes in
Remember in school when the teacher would bust out candy and suddenly the whole class would be trying to get the right answer? This is the same idea. Even a small gift incentive can bring a new feel to the workplace and reignite people's motivation.
One advantage of having an ongoing gift incentive program is that you can adjust it to the company's current needs. For example, if the workers seem to be slacking in one area one month, you can reward people for improving in that specific area. The next month, since the previous problem is fixed, focus on a new area. This specific approach can help motivate people more than just general pay for general work.
It's also good because you can reward little things that wouldn't necessarily merit a raise or bonus. Remember, the bigger the reward the harder they will work. Giving out little things like pens and mugs won't do much, but when the gift is in the $300 to $500 range, people become more motivated.
So now the question is what the incentive should be. There are two different ways to approach this. The first way is to offer the same incentive to everyone. When using this method, it is best not to offer one incentive for the men and another for the women. Even though this will most likely cater more to the employees' tastes, some may see it as discriminatory. This can be more difficult when offering more expensive gifts because general gifts tend to be cheaper.
One way to solve this is to use approach number two. With this approach, a point system is needed. Fortunately, there are websites created exactly for this purpose. Each employee will have a profile in which they can keep track of the points they earn. Depending on the number of points they have, they can choose from a variety of gifts on the website. This way, you can include more specific gifts while still making everything available to everyone.
On top of having a gift incentive program, remember to always take care of your employees. Take steps to ensure they are eating right and sleeping well so that they will be healthy and able to perform at their best.