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How to Celebrate With Your Employees the Right Way

So, you’ve had an excellent first quarter. You’ve hit sales targets, your team has surpassed expectations, and you want to reward your employees for their hard work. But how do you celebrate their achievements?

A trip to the pub on a Friday evening is likely the ‘traditional’ response to a productive quarter. But does this really reflect your company and its culture? Perhaps it’s time to rethink tired workplace tropes. Here's our advice on how to celebrate with your employees.

Experience over Money

Happy business people celebrating.In general, experiences are worth far more than money. They’re memorable, they have a lasting legacy, and they’re more beneficial in terms of employee satisfaction.  A night drinking at the pub on the company’s expense leaves a bad hangover, and perhaps embarrassing memories, too. Plus, less and less people are drinking these days, so this type of perk may not suit your employees.

But a team building event, or a relevant industry specific conference, or perhaps something truly different like white water rafting, marks your company out as innovative, thoughtful, and unique.

Think outside of the box, and find an experience that will truly add value to your employees’ lives and career goals, just as their success has added value to your business.

Individual Vs. Collective Success

This awkward scenario is likely a familiar one; some members of your team have performed exceptionally, but others haven’t. What do you do? Do you all still celebrate as a team? Or do you only reward the employees who have done well.

The question is best answered by considering your company culture. Are you individually focussed, or are you a team led organisation? If you're individually focussed, take the top performing employees out for a champions lunch and leave the lower performing ones at the office. But if you're team led, take everyone out for a shared reward.

Consult your company's values and stick to them. Think about what kind of legacy your actions will have, and whether everyone should be rewarded for the successes of the few.

What Rewards and Incentives Should You Offer?

Some companies, like Netflix and Weebly, don’t measure employee successes via traditional means. They don’t have set office hours, meaning that productivity is judged by what’s achieved, rather than the time spent. This is likely a strategy that would appeal to younger talent, specifically millennials who desire the best possible work/life balance.

Google, a long-time favourite example for aspirational places to work, offers a wide range of benefits to its employees. From travel insurance, to funded educational programmes, the tech company provides its employees with plenty of perks to keep them happy and on side.

Perks and incentives can cover a wide range of things that employees want and need, including:

  • Health Care
  • Working from Home
  • Flexible Hours
  • Half-Day Fridays
  • Pet Insurance
  • Free Coffee
  • Free Lunches

At the end of Q1, it’s worth thinking about how much you invest in your employees. They’re your future, and innovative and forward thinking perks and incentives show them that you care about their happiness and their career trajectory.

Celebrating with you employees is one of the best ways to create a winning culture at your agency. If you want to build a culture that breeds success, our eBook has everything you need to know: 

Download eBook: How to Create a Winning Culture at your Recruitment Agency

About the Author: Wendy McDougall is the CEO of Firefish Software. With just under 20 years experience in the recruitment industry, Wendy is on a mission to inspire the next generation of recruiters and help challenge the traditional recruitment agency model of doing things. In her spare time, you’ll find her enjoying some down time with the family, playing squash and feeding her inner geek with all the latest technology!

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