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15 ways to show your employees you appreciate them.

Posted by Linda Chambers on Fri, Mar 02, 2018 @ 08:30 AM

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Today, March 2nd 2018 is National Employee Appreciation Day this year.

Your business would not run without your employees and today of all days you should say Thank You. But there are ways you can say Thank You today and all year long that will let your employees know you feel they are a value to your business and part of a team.

Here are 15 ways, some very low cost to give appreciation to your staff members.

1. Have a group pot luck lunch. You supply the main meal item, supplies and drinks, and have everyone bring in a side or dessert. Put out the closed for one hour sign and enjoy each others company.

2. Hand out Gift Cards to local fast food places, if taking time off all together is not possible.

3. Give a gas card to everyone for their own personal vehicle that they drive in to work each day.

4. Give a personal Thank you card to each employee with a small cash token of Thanks, for instance, $5-$10 for every year they have been with you,

5. Hand out snack bags to everyone with things like candy, crackers, peanuts, with little notes of thanks or encouragement. Cute things like "Your a Life Saver" with a bag of lifesavers. "Your flippin awesome" with Flips chocolate covered pretzels,  "Thanks a million for being such a great employee" with a Million candy bar, etc.

6. Have a meeting and hand out cute or funny appreciation cards or plaques; Best coffee maker, Always on time, Tells the best jokes, Best Upseller, Customer Favorite, Fastest Washer, etc.

7. Start an employee of the month program. Rotate one person a month to give a few perks too; allow to come in or leave 15-30 minutes extra for one day, have a close in labeled parking spot for the month, get to pick the place to have lunch catered in (can be from a pre-approved list). Or have it based on merit only

8. Have a once a month birthday cake brought in to celebrate everyone with a birthday that month, or even on each employees birthday if you have a small crew.

9. Bring in Breakfast today or could be once a month for a scheduled meeting like a safety meeting or when staff is coming in early for a project.

10. Order in Pizza or Subs for inventory day or when employees have to work through lunch or to stay late after work for dinner.

11. Send employees to learning events, to a trade show, to a conference or seminar to learn or improve skills. Have a motivational speaker come in or hold a First Aid and CPR event for them to become certified.

12. Hand out company logo items; insulated lunch bag, hats, shirts, mugs, jackets, umbrella, make it even more special by putting their names on the item.

13. Individual certificates indicating numbers of years with the company, unframed or already in a frame, or number of years worked lapel pins.

14, Tickets to a sporting or entertainment event they would like, plain movie pass tickets or to local attractions like an amusement park, a zoo or aquarium.

15. Special items for their desk or truck; a new chair or vehicle seat pad, mouse pad, pen holder, desk name plate, sunglasses holder, cup holder, clip board, etc.

Even if you did not already make plans to do something today for your employees just speaking to each one and telling them how greatful you are and thanking them can make their day.

 

 

 

Tags: thank yous, employee appreciation

Today is National "Get to know your Customer Day"

Posted by Linda Chambers on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 @ 10:55 AM

I bet you did not know there was a "Get to know your Customer Day". Well neither did I. It is actually observed annually on the third Thursday of each quarter (January, April, July, October) not just once a year. But this is a good time to mention something you should be trying to do all the time. Because the more we know our customer the better we can sell to them and service their needs. Plus touching base with your customers every quarter is a great way to keep on their mind and get referrals even if they do not buy services again from you at the time.

There are some things you can do to make your customer feel appreciated and wanting to spend more with you. Write a personal note of thanks: everyone likes to know you like them as a customer and if has been proven that a simple handwritten note or post card can do a lot. Be sure that you are just saying thanks, not trying to sell them, use pretty stationary not strictly business printing.

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Send those customers that spend above a certain amount a small swag gift or a gift card. It can be something as inexpensive as a $1.00 koozie or a $5 card to Starbucks (if you know they drink coffee, which I do not).

You can discount a customers sale for long term loyalty, for instance 10% off at their customer anniversary. Or give them a percentage back for each year they have been a customer on their anniversary.

Choose one customer a quarter to highlight as a case study on your website, Facebook page, in a news letter or other way. Focus on the job you did for them; how you turned a negative into a positive, how a problem was fixed, how you came to the rescue for a customer, did a job free for a non profit, worked with an organization on a cleaning project. These personalized write ups can bring attention to certain aspects of your business not everyone may know. Can bring great SEO to your business and gain you new customers.

Make sure you have an use a customer referral program. Satisfied customers are your best selling asset and Never forget, you do not have a business without your customers.

Tags: customer satisfaction, thank yous, referral program

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