Happy employees work harder and strive to do a good job. So how do you keep them happy? Well paid vacation time and sick time is one way, but what about bonuses? You’ll take a hit to your budget when you offer bonuses, but the moral and harder work they’ll put in may be worth it.
A bonus can be for anything you want it to be for and when employees know what it takes to get one, they do what’s necessary to get there. An example would be for a certain number of products sold or a certain number of new customers. If you give your employees a percentage of what they sell, you’ll find they’ll work harder to increase their numbers so the percentage will increase. When you give your employees a specific dollar amount when a new customer says your employee referred them, they’ll see the reward and feel the need to do more.
Another way to work bonuses is to reward them after a year of good work. When you sit down to do your evaluations with your employees, if they do a really good job, meet the expectations you set, and do what you’ve asked them to do, the bonus is what they get. If you plan to use this, you need to set goals with your employees and track them so you know if they reached them or not. You don’t want to reward an employee that didn’t reach the goal.
Bonuses can also be set to pay if they company reaches certain financial targets or goals set by you. This is another way for the employees to work a little harder to help you reach the goals you set for your business. Monthly or quarterly reminders will help your employees to know how you’re doing and what needs to be done to reach the ultimate goals.
If bonuses aren’t something you can work into your budget, there are other ways to reward your employees for their hard work. One of the best rewards is to offer them a day off paid when they reach goals or when you’re business reaches a financial goal. It may put you behind a little or put a burden on you for a bit, but happy employees work harder and that’s worth it when they come back happy and ready to work.
It’s important to remember bonuses don’t always have to be monetary in the eyes of your employees. Freebies, paid time off, and discounts are also good bonuses to consider. These will cost you less than it would to give them a few hundred dollars or more that could cause your business to struggle. It’s not worth it for that to happen when there are other ways around it. So think about your budget and how you can handle a bonus the best and then make it happen.