Great Ways to Honor Your Employees


Your best employees work hard each day, but they really show hustle during events that require them to be on the ball for your company. A monetary bonus is always welcome, but there are other ways to show your appreciation and thank your team for a job well done. Here are some ideas for uplifting your employees:

Bring in Breakfast or Lunch

Anytime you invest in a meal for your employees, you’re making a positive impact on company morale. If you bring in donuts or some bagels and coffee, your workers start the day off on the right foot and get that extra motivation to keep chugging along. When you grab sandwiches or have lunch catered in, your employees enjoy a well deserved break in the middle of the day.

You can take things a step further by actually serving your employees restaurant-style. Have top executives hand out plates at a buffet or wait on tables, and put leadership in charge of cleanup.

What you’re saying: We’re a team.

Allow Some Time for Personal Projects

Google was one of the first large corporations to develop programs in which the company gives its staff one day a week to work on a project of their choice. Instead of once a week, allow your workers one day per month to devote their company time to a personal project. Invite them to choose something they enjoy, such as volunteering at a charity or community project.

What you’re saying: We care about your passions.

Offer Commuting or Transportation Assistance

Companies with offices in larger cities served by public transportation might consider offering support for commuting costs. There are financial advantages at the individual level for these sorts of plans, typically taking out transportation expenses before income taxes. You might also consider a matching plan for employees to gain an even larger benefit.

What you’re saying: Thanks for coming in every day.

Help Your Employees De-stress After a Special Event

Typically, your staff is working harder and longer hours during an event as compared to spending a day in the office. They’re often talking with customers, attending seminars, or even participating in presentations. Once the event is over, they may be in a need of some stress relief. You might invest in a massage service to come into the workplace at lunch or send spa gift certificates to show your employees how much you appreciate their hard work during the event.

There are other options for health-related perks, as well. Look into a pre-work yoga class or discounts on a gym membership. Or, simply encourage employees to join you on a company hike.

What you’re saying: Your health and well being are important to us, too.

Do you have other ideas that show your employees how much you value their contribution? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

This post was originally published on the One Smooth Stone blog on July 21, 2015. For a complimentary 30-minute consultation on how to build your brand and inspire an audience through events and communications, please contact Brian Duffy by calling 630.427.4235 or by emailing


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