An employee's motivation is a direct result of the sum of interactions with his or her manager. ~ Bob Nelson
Appreciation gifts are nothing but gifts given to employees, to tell them that you appreciate the effort they put in their work, and that you are happy to have such employees working for you. Some companies have a separate 'employee appreciation week or day', where they celebrate, and give away gifts to help increase employee motivation.
The sole motive of these gestures, is to improve the working environment, to motivate an employee to perform better, and last but not the least, to take a small, 'well-deserved' break from work. Remember, the sole motive of doing this, is to make your employee(s) feel valued.
Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Employees
A gift certificate which says that the employee has achieved more than his/her targets, and is excelling in his/her work, can make perfect recognition gift. Certificates somewhat lose their worth once you enter the professional world. Make sure your organization is different.
If possible, also include a small line of appreciation like 'Well Done!' or something. Go out of your way and make these gifts something that the employees will like, and not just some ordinary gifts.
Apart from this, another service you can provide them is for them to learn something new. Keep a few free workshops or seminars and let your employees have fun learning these new skills.
Each employee will like it if he/she has a small, permanent mark on this wall, wouldn't they? Besides that, you can also put up a small list of employees who have exceeded expectations in that year/month etc.
You can do this by keeping a continuous check on the employee performance. If you are an organization exceeding 100 employees, have only the best employees mentioned on this wall.
Thus, you can start a scholarship program or something, where one employee, every year, would get to complete a long-distance program s/he wants to. This way, you don't only increase the employee's loyalty towards your organization, but also help in enhancing his/her skills.
This will be a long-term gift, and will always remind the employee how you rewarded him/her for good work. Since this is a long-term plan, don't increase it a lot. The employee will strive for a better reward the next time and will work harder.
Reward them with spa/gym/hospitality vouchers or memberships. If the achievement isn't huge enough to deserve these, gift them food coupons, library memberships, movie club admissions, etc. This way, the employees are happy they're working for you and are rejuvenated to work better!
Employee appreciation and motivation go hand in hand. The most basic practice you must follow, is to talk to your employees. You can also give a small dinner or plan a small trip with your entire staff. This will not only make the employees happy, but will also help you to bond with them, which is very necessary for team work.