Giving the Right Employee Reward

November 5, 2009

When it’s time to give an employee reward, a tangible gift along with your recognition, deciding what that something should be can be tricky. You want the reward to be memorable and motivating, but how do you achieve that? 

We recently posted a poll on our website asking, what is your favorite employee reward to receive, and the results are in: 

Gift card – 39%
Handwritten note – 39%
Personal gift – 20%
Ecard – 2% 

Now compare these results to your assumptions of what rewards people give most often. They probably don’t match up, do they? I would guess you receive a lot more ecards than handwritten notes.

For the most effective employee rewards, do what we did: ask your employees about their preferences. Then act on the information you learn. 

Regardless of what employee reward you are giving, always give the reward with specific recognition. If you don’t tell the employee what they did to receive the recognition, they won’t be able to repeat it. 

Tip: Combine the top two rewards by giving a handwritten note, complete with your specific recognition, with a gift card as a motivating employee reward. 


Give your employees the kind of employee reward they truly may not be your traditional trophy cup. 

Employee Rewards at 


Cori is a Certified Recognition Professional at Baudville and a member of the Millennial generation. 


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