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Low-Budget Reward Ideas

Posted By Ava Ewald, Wednesday, March 18, 2020
 RPI is well-known for its expertise in recognition strategy and has developed the 7 Best Practice Standards® to help guide your recognition program. In this blog, we have been focusing on rewards recently. This falls under standard 1: recognition strategy. Rewards play a major role in recognition.


It may not be easy to start your recognition program, but small rewards may be a great way to get you started. As you may know, rewards are something given in response to actions. You can use rewards to reinforce behavior you like seeing in your organization and this does not have to be expensive! Forbes and Snack Nation both gave some ideas on how you could start rewarding employees today!


1.      A handwritten note (Snack Nation)

Nothing is more personal than a handwritten note. Your handwriting will come off as much more valuable than an email.

2.      Flowers (Forbes)

Flowers are a longstanding gesture of friendship. Thank an employee by putting some flowers on their desk. Not only will they feel appreciated, but it will make the office smell good, too!

3.      Lunch (Forbes)

Take them out to lunch and get the chance to have a longer conversation with them or offer to have it brought in. Lunch is a great excuse to sit down and connect with an employee you want to thank.

4.      Small gift card or movie tickets (Forbes)

It does not have to be much. If they have kids, give them a family set of movie tickets or a gift card to their family restaurant.

5.      Get a higher-up boss to say thank you (Forbes)

See if you can get your boss to stop by and thank the employee. When it is coming from more than one boss, it can make someone feel special and very appreciated.

6.      A fun certificate (Snack Nation)

Make them a silly certificate to hang up at their desk. Be creative!

7.      A thank-you video (Snack Nation)

Get a few employees together to make a thank-you video for a stellar employee.

8.      Take a task from them (Forbes)

Give your employee the gift of time. Offer to take something off their list so they can complete the rest of their work with less stress.



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