50 Incentives Ideas

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Research suggests that while managers believe they are giving enough employee recognition, employees never feel like they're getting enough. It's a pain point for employees that leads to both lower levels of engagement and higher level of turnover.

Whether it's a pat on the back, a personal note, or an Incentive on the WorkTango platform, giving recognition for actions that matter can be easier than you think. For all the amazing leaders out there, we've got your back with a list of 50 common Incentives to recognize and reward so that your employees feel just as valued.

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

  • Reach a department, team, or personal goal (revenue-based, safety-based, or project-based)
  • Complete a project before deadline or under budget
  • Meet operational metrics goals
  • Hit sales and performance goals

 

CELEBRATIONS AND TENURE

  • Reach company milestones
  • Hit years of service anniversaries
  • Celebrate employee birthdays
  • Continue a perfect safety record
  • Hit perfect attendance or a certain percentage attendance goal

BE THE BRAND

  • Share the company‚Äôs social media posts
  • Train a new hire
  • Attend meetings prepared
  • Live out core company values
  • Show a new co-worker around
  • Help someone out in the office

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Employee referral and hire for job vacancy
  • New customer referral
  • Receive a positive customer review
  • Share a great idea for a new product or service
  • Recommend a new process to boost efficiencies

DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING

  • Attend a training session
  • Get specific score on an exam
  • Attend a lunch and learn
  • Shadow a co-worker in another role
  • Go back to school
  • Learn a new language
  • Serve as a mentor

 WORKPLACE ETIQUETTE

  • Brew the morning coffee
  • Take out recycling or trash
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Run the dishwasher
  • Restock the coffee
  • Clean the break room
  • Bring a plant to work
  • Bring in food to share, like donuts

HEALTH & WELLNESS

  • Walk to lunch
  • Run a 5k with a co-worker
  • Get a flu shot
  • Get annual physical
  • Get dental checkup
  • Attend an exercise class
  • Teach office yoga

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Volunteer on the weekend
  • Volunteer with a co-worker (worth even more points than volunteering solo)
  • Donate blood
  • Donate to a charity
  • Participate in a fundraiser
  • Start a philanthropic effort
  • Organize an Earth-friendly activity

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