Employee incentive plans can be a good opportunity for the company human resources department to become creative with employee incentive gift ideas. Giving cash as an incentive can be effective, but coming up with alternatives that have value to your employees can sometimes be more interesting than cash. Using unique employee incentive gifts can sometimes offer greater motivation.
The employees who receive incentives do so because of their hard work and effort. You should reward that effort with some employee convenience gifts such as a special parking spot close to the front door, access to the executive lounge for one month or a two-hour lunch. Other employee convenience gifts include additional paid vacation days, the ability to leave for a half day on Friday with pay or an extra paid half day off each week to use just so long as the employee gives her manager 24-hour notice.
Working with a promotions company to develop a system that allows employees to order gifts from a catalog can be an effective incentive gift, according to the Workplace Communication website. Employees can build up points over the course of a month or a quarter, and then they can redeem those points by choosing gifts from a catalog. This allows the company to reward employees for their work but also allows the employees to choose their own incentive gifts.
With incentive gifts the effectiveness can sometimes be tied to the timing of the gift. If there is a popular concert or theater event coming up in your area, have the company buy tickets and offer the tickets as incentive gifts for a work productivity contest. Other popular events that can be used as incentive gifts include professional and college sporting contests, professional wrestling events or out-of-town events with hotel accommodations.
There are some incentive programs that look to reward employees on a regular basis for outstanding service to the company. For ongoing and broad-reaching incentive programs, giving out gifts may become too expensive. But there are alternatives the company can use. Hand-written letters on company letterhead from the employee's direct manager that are either given to the employee at the workplace or mailed to his home can be effective, according to the American Institute of CPAs website. Managers can also sign and send out "Thank You" cards, or surprise an employee with the chance to go home early for the day.