How to Boost Employee Engagement With an Effective Rewards Program

February 14, 2015 Russ Fradin

While it might seem like a lot of work, implementing a rewards program for your employees is essential if you want to maintain a happy and productive workplace. A Gallup estimate shows that unhappy workers are costing employers $300 billion annually due to a loss in productivity!

This productivity loss manifests itself in a number of ways, from an increased number of sick days taken to a general slower work progress pace. The lack of productivity also results in a loss of work creativity and reduces overall drive to succeed within the company.

To foster a work environment that boosts happiness, productivity, and morale, you one can certainly offer perks in theory, these are great motivators, they won’t automatically boost employee engagement or foster brand advocacy. These perks need to be implemented as a part of a larger rewards and recognition program. Proper recognition and meaningful feedback is vital to maintain positive morale within the rank and file. You would be doing a disservice to your employees if you never reviewed their work or didn’t provide adequate training and support. These things are an invaluable part of recognizing all the hard work that your employees do for the company.

Building an Effective Rewards Program 

Once you have recognized the efforts and output of your employees, you’ll need to start building an effective rewards program. A pat on the back will only take you so far. Your employees need to know there is a system in place that encourages their engagement andproductivity in order for these perks to be considered valuable rewards

Rewards programs should be customized and tailored to each individual company. What may work for one company might not necessarily work for another, so it’s important that you create a program that fits your company’s and employees’ needs. For example, a company like Dropbox, the data management company, offers laser tag and arcade games in their office so that their employees can blow off steam and reset their creative juices. While these perks are fitting for a company like this, they might not work very well for a designer fashion retailer.

Not only is it important that your rewards match your company culture, they should also reflect your employees’ interests. You’re probably not going to want to reward your employees with an all-you-can-eat dessert and fried food bars if you run a health food company. Chances are, you hired employees who were interested in and passionate about health food, and therefore, would not really be motivated by a reward of a junk food pig-out.

So you see, a rewards program that works for your company will need to be individualized and customized. However, there are a few basic elements you need to include if you want to see success:

Gamify Social Selling

When your company has a big announcement, a product launch, or just a day-to-day bit of info to share, encourage your employees to jump on the social bandwagon through gamification. Using leader boards, badges, and other video game-inspired attributes as rewards, employee engagement will go through the roof because:

a) People like to play games 

b) People like to win!

Incentivize Productivity 

As with gamification, you can provide rewards for the sales team hitting certain numbers or marketing meeting a certain social sharing quota. Offer unique incentives to motivate your team to share with their social networks.

Reward Results

For extra special achievements, you can provide greater rewards like gift cards, free lunches, company swag, or even vacation days. Also, announce the great things your employees have done so coworkers can join you in congratulating them on their successes. Peer recognition is an excellent motivator.

Utilize the Proper Management Tools

Keeping track of employee progress is difficult without the right management tools. An employee advocacy platform offers a convenient way to get everyone on the same social page, monitor social sharing, and set up a variety of incentivized programs like leader boards, badges, and internal recognition. By taking these steps to implement a rewards program, you are guaranteed to see a rapid increase in employee engagement. Plus, you’ll be outfitted with the proper tools to sustain this level of interest, communication and results so that your team will continue to want to share with their social networks. When you reward your employees for doing a job well done, you tell them that you appreciate what they are doing for you and for your company. You’re telling them that their efforts matter. And that kind of encouragement can go a long way toward improving productivity, your bottom line, and employee advocacy.

Nita Thaker , Direcror - Human Capital Advisory, opines that reward and recognition programs engages, motivates and increases the overall productivity.

This article originates from Niojak

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