If you have five or more employees, that’s enough to start an employee-of-the-month program. This reinforces employee loyalty and results in improved customer service. In many cases it will also reduce turnover because there’s always a goal to strive for. Employees know that if they do a good job and provide extra effort, they can receive a little more in their paycheck. And if they aren’t selected one month, there’s always next month, which is not very far away. Employees can get a paycheck anywhere, but are their efforts recognized in a special way?
The monthly decision can be made as a joint effort so everyone will be involved. The boss or supervisors can account for 50 percent of the vote, while co-worker votes can make up the other 50 percent. Or, you can figure out a way to let your customers vote. Voting can be anonymous so that friendships and popularity contests won’t come into play as much.
If you have more than 50 employees, you might want to reward the first- and second-place winners so employees will know there’s a decent chance to be rewarded.
Let your employees decide what rewards or prizes they want within a preset price limit. By allowing employees to decide, you know that the prize is something they really want and will work to win.
If you have room in your budget, consider a bigger prize once a year for the best of the best. You can make the selection from the 12 previous monthly winners and make a big deal about it. Take a picture and send a press release to your local and neighborhood newspapers. Most people love to see their picture in the paper as a winner of anything.
Your employee-of-the-month program will make working for your business more than just a job to most employees. It’s now a place where employees are appreciated and rewarded for the extra effort that really helps a business grow. Employees should always think of their job as a place where their efforts are appreciated. Any money spent here should come back to you tenfold.