Employee Incentive Program Ideas

Written by Diane Sievert
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Deciding on employee incentive program ideas can be a rather difficult task as there are so many options available. Since employers have learned that incentive plans are quite effective, the number of businesses that specialize in incentive programs has grown. However, if you feel totally overwhelmed by employee incentive program ideas, just remember that the more options you have, the better.

A Guide to Employee Incentive Program Ideas

The simplest form of employee incentive is the monetary bonus. This is nothing more than a financial reward that the employee receives in addition to his or her regular paycheck. The amount of the bonus and the performance level required to earn it is something that should be determined when you first design your incentive plan.

There are, however, a lot more employee incentive program ideas you can consider. Many businesses offer gift catalogs in which different gifts are organized by category (category A may offer gifts that retail for fifty dollars or so while category E contains items worth several hundred dollars). The beauty of a system like this is that employees can choose items they will actually find useful.

Thanks to the Internet, many gift catalogs have gone online; these websites are organized in the same manner as the aforementioned catalogs, but they're easier to navigate and you don't have to deal with the problem of distributing paper catalogs to the employees. All you have to do is send an email to your employees with a link to the website and tell them that those workers who meet a particular goal will get a gift certificate to the site. Once the sales reports are in, you can send out electronic gift certificates and your part in the program is done!

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