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Use unusual rewards to make recognition stand out

The right rewards create enthusiasm and excitement for the initiative, while the wrong rewards could cause staff members to quickly lose interest.

When creating an employee reward program, the incentives can greatly influence its results. The right rewards create enthusiasm and excitement for the initiative, while the wrong rewards could cause staff members to quickly lose interest.

Businesses need to take the time to think about what awards they will provide to employees who accomplish program goals or exemplify specific behavior before they launch the program.  Employees will want to know what they can win, and how they can accomplish the goals. Without a strong reward motivation will be lacking and the program will not have the desired results.

A blog for Payscale notes that thinking outside the box may generate excitement for reward programs. Unusual rewards make the initiative stand out from other efforts to increase productivity and can get people talking. This will likely encourage more people to participate, which will create better results and help make the program and its objectives a central part of company culture.

Organizations do need to be careful when selecting unusual gifts, as it has the potential to backfire. Items that are too strange, complicated or don’t fit with company culture could discourage workers from participating. One idea that can help firms avoid this problem is the use of personalized rewards. Something that is unique to top performers or that is connected with the values present in the goals could generate excitement for the program, and serve as a reminder of the employees success long after the reward program has ended.

Employees will continually be reminded of the recognition they received as they use the unusual item or are asked about it by their coworkers. Companies can allows staff members to select personalized or unusual merchandise by working with incentive program specialists like Xceleration.

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