10 ways to reward your staff without giving them a pay rise

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by Lee Birch
Last Updated: 22 Mar 2018

If you have an employee who is doing a sterling job and you’d like to thank them in some way, but are lacking the resources (or inclination... ed.) to offer a pay rise, then worry not. While they'd probably prefer money, there are many other ways you can reward them. 

1. A vacation day

One good way to thank them is to offer one or two days holiday on top of their current holiday allowance. This allows them to book longer holidays, or for them to have the flexibility to take a break and do something they love whether that be lazing at home or enjoying a day out (presumably of the free variety - ed.).

2. Vouchers

Vouchers are quite a popular way for employers to reward their staff. Why not figure out what they love to do and get them something along those lines? Whether it’s a spa day or a supercar experience, they are bound to be over the moon.

3. More impressive job titles

For many people it’s not just about the money, it’s also about progression. Many employees are looking to work their way up. A great way to allow them to do this is to give them a more impressive job title, for example if someone’s an Account Executive, why not promote them to Senior Account Executive? 

4. Improved training

Offering an employee some training courses out of work is a great alternative to a pay rise, as you are essentially helping them progress at a much faster speed. It will also help retain staff morale and keep them loyal to the company.

5. Take them out

Sometimes a good old fashioned knees-up is a great way to show your thanks, whether it be out to restaurant, a bar or something more extravagant, it shows them you care and you want to spend time with them.

6. Awards

Another alternative to a raise is to award them and to make it known to everyone in the office, for example why not set up a company awards night, or take your team out and make a speech with the person in mind? They'll love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with it. (Don't worry, you can buy the trophies at Poundland. We checked - ed.)

7. A letter of thanks

A personalised letter is also a great way to thank somebody, especially when it’s handwritten. Why not explain your thanks and send it to their home address, this way it comes across as much more personal than just putting it on their desk. 

8. Upgraded desk space

Offering your employee a better desk space is something that can easily be done and shows that you believe they are ready to move up. If you can’t give them their own office, why not move them to an area with more space and perhaps better equipment?

9. One-on-one mentoring

If they look up to you chances are they will really value what you have to say on the industry you both work in. Perhaps you could arrange some one on one training sessions where you can enlighten them on how you got to where you are today, and to just generally offer some personal mentorship. 

10. Ask them how they'd like to be recognised

If you’re unsure on how to show your employee that they are valued, you could always ask what they would like instead of a raise, as it may be that they would like more flexi time, a gym membership, or a longer lunch break which are things that you are able to offer.

Lee Birch is sales manager at Veritas Gifts.

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