October 20, 2016 | Posted in Leadership | By

Yesterday, I outlined 6 ways to rewarding and keeping your employees, direct reports or anyone that you work with happy should be a priority for yourself or your leadership teams. It doesn’t matter what you build, what you sell or even provide to customers, you can’t do it without the people that work for you.

I have built on the six from yesterday with 7 more. These are things you can do to reward your employees without hurting the bottom line, but keeping your team happy.

Flex Hours
Be flexible with work hours when things come up such as a doctors appointment or a kids lunch at school. So jobs do require that your employees are there at certain times, but it is ok to be flexible with hours with important life opportunities outside work.

Make Work Fun/Create a Productive Atmosphere
Work doesn’t have to be boring and to the grind in order for people to get things done. It is good to break up the day and weeks with outside events or even events/games within the office. Make the workspace fun and inviting.

Give Free Passes as Rewards
Most employees have a set number of days off they are allow. Do something special for holidays or events where you can give your employees off a day where they don’t have to use their days. Set up incentives during the summer that is they pass a certain goal, they can get Friday’s off. Make it fun but not so hard to achieve.

Applaud Their Efforts
People like to receive recognition for a job well done. Make sure you take the time to applaud the team or employees for those efforts.

Celebrate Their Birthdays
Make a big deal out of employees birthdays – bring in a cake and pull the team together to celebrate and make the day about that person.

Celebrate Their Anniversary
Like a birthday, the work anniversary is also something that should be a big deal. Bring awareness of this at the 1 year, 5 year, 10 year and so on – you can also do a notification each month as employees celebrate their work anniversaries.

Welcome and Encourage Family into the Office
Your employees family should be encouraged to come into the office. It is always good to meet someones significant other, their kids and so on. This gives you more to talk about than just work.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to your employees! A Happy Employee is a Productive Employee = Happy Customers!

About Bernie

With more than 23 years of experience in marketing, Bernie is the Director of Digital Marketing at Papa John’s International, based in Louisville, KY. His current focus is building and scaling a progressive digital marketing foundation that balances the needs of both consumers and national/local stakeholders —  all while delivering measurable ROI to the business.

Additionally, Bernie oversees brand representation for Papa John’s digital properties and manages direct-to-consumer channels including email, SMS and push messaging. Recent initiatives have centered around bringing together larger promotional efforts with targeted campaigns to engage the consumer at the precise moment of interest.

Follow Bernie on Twitter @B2the7 or @B7_Design & the B2The7 blog @ http://b2the7.com/b2the7

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