October 19, 2016 | Posted in Leadership | By

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.

We all strive for that harmony that keeps the company moving forward – sometimes it is the little things outside of bonuses, perks and paid days off that will make a difference for your teams.

Money doesn’t always buy happiness, put showing appreciation, recognition and respect can speak volumes and be just want someone needs.

There are many things you can do to reward your employees without hurting the bottom line, start with some of the ideas below.

Cut Back on Meetings
The countless number of meetings that team members are in on a daily basis is almost staggering – not sure how people are able to get stuff done. Take a team meeting and cut it down to a 10 minute standing meeting and give time back to your team members so they can focus on what they need to be doing to drive the business.

Keep Them Informed
The sharing of information and the passing of information down is important in helping your employees know what is going on with the business – it will also help them make decisions based on the information that is passed down. Nobody likes to work in the blind and your team is no different.

Ask For Their Input
When you ask your team for their input, they are more likely to accept a business decision more readily than if they were not ask their thoughts or opinions. This will also give you insight from other team members that have a different perspective that you do.

Build Ownership
Let your team members build ownership with their positions, their decisions and the projects they are working on. Once they begin thinking like an owner, they will make better decisions for the benefit of the business.

Empower Your Employees to Make Decisions
Empower your employees to make decisions – you hired these talented individuals for a reason, now let them do their jobs and make the decisions that are necessary.

Create a Career Path
Noting worse that being in a job that is a dead-end. Create a career path for each team member so that they have something to work towards. When they have reached the next level, reward them with a promotion or raise. Growth in a department means a lot in the end.

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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