Pros: Citing presentation as an important factor in employee recognition, Scully and her team wrapped personalized leather padfolios for each employee.
Cons: While it was a considerable success across the board, there was one drawback. “For the majority of employees, that was a good thing. But there are employees that don’t have a need for that type of item,” she said.
Strategy session: “10 Tips for Motivating Employees,” a recent article posted at HR World, an online community for human-resource professionals, reported that encouraging employees “requires a strategy tailored to each worker’s needs.” Urging end-buyers to ask what their employees want, as well as considering their ages and positions, is a good way to start tailoring a program. However, always be cognizant of the fact that no HR representative can please everyone all the time, noted Scully.
2) Gift baskets.
Pros: An inherently impressive presentation coupled with the fact that, “Everybody has to eat,” laughed Scully, makes gift baskets one of her go-to incentives. The food items she most heartily recommends are cookies and sweets that each person can take home to share with their families.
Cons: There aren’t too many drawbacks to a food offering, Scully pointed out. Since many other items (mugs, bags, etc.) are subject to personal style and taste, food becomes more of a universal motivator. “I get the best response about the food,” she affirmed.
Strategy session: Pointing your HR clients toward gift baskets that are particularly eye-catching is a good place to start. Pay attention to the quality of wrapping paper, ribbons and the basket itself.
3) Choose your own gift.
Pros: As a holiday gift a few years ago, Scully gave employees a gift catalog and let them pick whatever appealed to them. It was hassle-free and the gift was shipped right to the employee’s home. “I was a big fan of those,” she said.