It is common knowledge that all people enjoy knowing that they and their efforts are appreciated, and nowhere is this truer than with employees. It is a wise business owner or manager who understands this fact and seeks meaningful ways to reward their top-performing employees. Top-performing employees run top-performing companies. Consider the following 5 ways to reward those who work so hard to make your business successful.

Recognize Employees Who Perform

Businesses that make a practice of employee recognition tend to be businesses with happy, loyal employees. There are numerous ways to show one’s appreciation for employees. Consider rewarding outstanding performers with rewards such as one, a VIP parking spot or two, a personal, handwritten note of thanks. A third idea would be a certificate of recognition, or one of the custom awards now available to highlight a particular achievement. As important as the tangible reward is the sincerity with which it is awarded. It is as important for employees to be recognized in front of their peers as it is to receive recognition at all, at least in so far as the culture of the corporate workplace is concerned.

Recognize Employees Who Meet the Standard Your Company Represents

Whether you want to recognize an employee for dedication, leadership, or diligence under pressure, you’ll find numerous examples from which to learn and emulate in all across business media in cyberspace. The important thing is to keep the rewards consistent with the company’s overall brand and corporate message. Be clear regarding the message you wish to send employees about company values. A fourth way to reward employees would be to give them a gift or opportunity that supports the corporate image. A travel agency might provide a fabulous vacation in an exotic locale half-way around the globe while a non-profit might donate money to the charity of the employee’s choice.

Recognize Employees that Take Pride

The fifth way to reward a hard-working employee is to invest in his career by paying for additional schooling. An investment in a business’s employees is an investment in the business’s future. When employees take pride in the work that they do for their company they’re taking pride in the company. Recognize that outstanding attitude and attribute by investing in such employees as they have invested in the company. These types of employees tend to set the bar for others to follow, but that isn’t all. In addition, they inspire their co-workers to give their best, as well. Therefore, it only makes sense to make sure that the rewards given exceptional employees set forth a standard toward which other employees can not only strive, but also, find inspirational.

Outstanding performance is usually the result of smooth and synchronized teamwork, which is itself the result of not only thoughtful and engaged management but also no small amount of dedicated response from motivated employees. It is the acknowledgement of their contribution, in combination with gestures of gratitude and appreciation that make employee rewards so valuable a tool. Take advantage of the opportunity to make the most of the individuals that comprise the lifeblood of your company and let them know that they and the contribution they make to your establishment are highly esteemed and appreciated. Always remember that regardless of the size of the incentives a company offers, that it is the message they bear that moves an employee’s heart.