What are good incentives to offer employees to motivate them and make them feel good?

I am the Assistant Customer Service Manager of a finance company. I am looking for different ideas for motivating employees and making them feel good with rewards. They can be monetary or otherwise.

Asked By: Heather C - 2/28/2008
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You have some wonderful ideas already and I can add. One of the most rewarding incentives is "praise". Too often employees are criticized for something done wrong. Good employees that show on time, do their job, don't complain need "encouragement" knowing their work and presence is appreciated. "Praise" three times... More
Answered By: Bruce T - 2/28/2008
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Monetary is always good. Employee of the Month - special parking - theater tickets, sports tickets, concert tickets, dinner coupons, you can base them on how many customers they assist, how much they collect, any little contest for them to playfully compete with each other. sk them what they would like (just do a small... More
Answered By: kwflamingo - 2/28/2008
You can never go wrong with money or time off.
Answered By: ~♠♥CJ♥♠~ - 2/28/2008
I work for an insurance company and one very memorable time our company was pushing alot of overtime but to give us an incentive to stay they would buy us meals if we were working at night and if we met a predetermined goal by the end of the week we would get a half day off to use at our discretion. I loved it!
Answered By: bigtrucks4x4s - 2/28/2008
When i owned and operated a Kirby Vac. co. distributorship i was able to motivate independent contractors to work (and produce) 15 hours a day 6 days a week. generally i found that individuals will kill themselves for public recognition on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis (recognition generally was in plaques and... More
Answered By: Casper211 - 2/28/2008
Employee appreciation Luncheons, BBQ's, Street fairs... More
Answered By: drwer2 - 2/28/2008
I saw good ideas were provided. If you need a good incentive compensation management software, I strongly recommend the software I've been using in my business for the last 3 years:
Answered By: Tom Houston - 9/23/2013
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