Employee Recognition Ideas: 4 Ways To Make Your Employees Feel Valued

4 Ways To Make Your Employees Feel Valued

Many of us often forget that we, as humans, need to feel understood, valued and appreciated for what we do. It is a common, human need that every single one of us desires.

Oprah Winfrey herself established this in her commencement speech at Harvard:

“The single most important lesson I learned in 25 years talking every single day to people was that there’s a common denominator in our human experience…. we want to be validated. We want to be understood.

I’ve done over 35,000 interviews in my career. And as soon as that camera shuts off, everyone always turns to me and inevitably, in their own way, asks this question: “Was that OK?” ….[We] all want to know one thing: “Was that OK?” “Did you hear me?” “Do you see me?” “Did what I say mean anything to you?”

It is so important for organisations to remember to appreciate their employees. Employees who feel valued will be more willing to stay and work hard for the organization.

How do we show our employees that they are valued?

Here are 4 simple ways to do so:

1. The Art of Listening

Listening is the simplest but often most neglected way of showing you care. Put down your phone, turn away from your computer and stop thinking about work and KPIs for a while. Just listen to what your employees have to say.

Put in the extra effort to connect with them by really putting yourself in their shoes and empathising with them. Being a listening ear, and expressing empathy allows for a deeper personal connection transcending an employer-employee bond.

2. Express Appreciation

Tell your employees exactly what you value about them. Proactively appreciating and valuing your employees for who they are, rather than what they have done, is an incredibly powerful way to show them that they are truly valued. It lets them know that the organization cares about them, and not just what they do for the company.

3. Give thought to the act of rewarding

Instead of buying something that your employees might not like, a much better way to show appreciation is through thoughtful gestures like giving practical multi-choice online vouchers.

With UNIQGIFT gift vouchers and e vouchers Singapore, your employees would be absolutely delighted as everyone would be able to find something they like from our extensive merchant partner list.

The common vouchers that HR teams currently give to employees may become boring and employees may think that their organisations are merely finding the most convenient way to reward them without putting much thought into it.

However, UNIQGIFT e vouchers and gift vouchers are different. We have a variety of merchant partners in Singapore that include restaurants, department stores and even health and fitness stores. We also have a draw-down feature that allows for multiple transactions with just one voucher, something that not many other vouchers have.

4. Team-Bonding Activities

Lastly, allocating time for team-bonding activities show to your employees that you value the relationships you have with them, and not just the work they produce. Amazing races, Bingos, Go Kart Racing, or even Build-Your-Own Terrariums are some examples of team bonding activities that never fail to get employees to compete and have fun!

Our online vouchers and gift vouchers in Singapore can be used as prizes in team-bonding activities, to motivate them to play harder. With the relationships built, teams will be able to work more cohesively and productively together.

Let’s strive to create a culture of appreciation in our organisations, that builds people up. Our UNIQGIFT e vouchers are here to help your department as you look for employee rewards or team bonding prizes.

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How to Better Engage your Employees

How to Better Engage your Employees

Did you know that Singapore was only ranked 11th out of 17 other nations, with regards to employee engagement? Our score was only 47%. In contrast, other Asian nations India (79%), Thailand (72%) and Hong Kong (63%) take up the top three spots respectively in the same Qualtrics report.

This reflects that there are so much more companies can do to better engage their employees in Singapore. If employees are better engaged, they will be more willing to work harder and to take more ownership of their work within the organisation.

Employee Engagement strengthens the connection that employees feel toward their organisations. Engaged employees are those who are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and organisation.

But what does this mean for the HR department that is often in charge of engaging staff? And what are some tangible and effective ways organizations can engage their employees to retain and motivate them?

Collect and Act on employee feedback

Studies have shown that employee engagement rises significantly to 83% when employee feedback is well-received and acted upon. If feedback is regularly collected and acted upon, employee engagement increases even more.

According to Stephen Choo, a Senior Solutions Strategist at Qualtrics, “what really moves the needle is whether employees feel the company turns their feedback into tangible actions”.

Reward and appreciate employees

Another effective way to achieve high employee engagement is by rewarding employees. One of the factors that are highly important to employee engagement, according to the Qualtrics report, is recognition of good work. Making extra effort to reward deserving employees will show that the organization recognises their good work.

This will motivate them to stay and continue to perform well.

Research has found that the perceived value of receiving rewards such as gift vouchers or e vouchers in Singapore which UNIQGIFT specializes in, typically far exceed actual cash rewards. This is because of the thoughtfulness that comes with gift vouchers and e vouchers – the company takes a step further to find out what their employees prefer and acts on that feedback when rewarding them.

Instead of cold hard cash, e vouchers and gift vouchers provide a better and more personal alternative to rewarding your employees.

Therefore, e vouchers and gift vouchers in Singapore are often valued far more than cash rewards.

Thus, a simple gift voucher or e voucher from UNIQGIFT Singapore would contribute to making a culture of appreciation and affirmation a reality in your organisation.

As we listen to our employees and appreciate them for their good work, employees will definitely become more engaged. With more engagement, there would be more retention and better productivity.

Make that extra effort to engage your employees with UNIQGIFT E vouchers!

5 Reasons Why E vouchers or Gift Vouchers are Great for HR

5 Reasons Why E vouchers or Gift Vouchers are Great for HR

COVID-19 has changed the way many work and live. With the future uncertain, the morale of employees has been affected. As a result, many companies are exploring ways to motivate their employees so that they perform at their best. One viable solution is to provide financial incentives.

Here are 5 reasons why providing financial incentives will help to increase your employees’ work performance.

Financial incentives, such as gift or E vouchers increase employee motivation

Financial incentives refer to another form of direct compensation beyond salary. They are given as performance-based compensation. UNIQGIFT E Vouchers in Singapore are a good choice of such incentives as we offer many choices to your staff, making such incentives more attractive than the usual e gift cards.

Work motivation is the driving force for employees to work effectively and cooperatively to achieve optimal job performance and satisfaction. Research has examined and verified the relationship between job satisfaction, motivation, and low burnout level in employees (Papasotiriou et al., 2018).

In a recent 2018 study, Novianty and Evita found a strong correlation between giving financial incentives to employees and employee motivation, as it fuels them to have the willingness to exert high levels of effort toward organizational goals.

Financial incentives influence healthy lifestyle changes

Financial incentive programs that target wellness, physical well-being or fitness, in the form of, for example, distributing gift vouchers or e vouchers in Singapore related to sportswear, gyms, wellness centres, nutrition, etc., are proven to have stimulated changes in health behavior by increasing the likelihood of employees taking to new and healthier lifestyles (Basu & Kiernan, 2016).

Investing in your employees’ health and wellbeing is crucial to better work performance and one great way you can motivate your staff to live healthier is through these voucher rewards.

Financial incentives are a good way of letting your employees feel more appreciated

Employees appreciate it when their companies make an effort to ask them for their opinions and preferences. Therefore, when the HR department conducts quick surveys about which products or services are most popular among your employees, and then find the corresponding gift vouchers to fit these preferences, employees will know that they are cared for and that their opinions matter.

In fact, if survey results show varied preferences, HR could give out different e vouchers or gift vouchers each time to specific groups of employees depending on what they prefer. In this regard, UNIQGIFT has a huge range of e voucher products to choose from.

These vouchers are versatile – easy to buy, easy to get

Imagine this. HR buys the vouchers with ease; there are no worries about operations, logistics, or delays. Our vouchers have a short lead time and are extremely easy for your HR department to distribute to your employees.

Furthermore, there is no need to carve out storage space to store these vouchers. This leads to another amazing benefit of using UNIQGIFT e vouchers as financial incentives.

Gift vouchers and e vouchers are convenient – easy to get and equally easy for your employees to use

Now, your employees are free to spend it however they want and use it at any time they want. They can even do it in the comfort of their own homes by shopping online with our online merchant partners. UNIQGIFT vouchers cater to various lifestyles, hobbies, and interests. It makes life a lot easier for you and your employees.

Ready to reward your employees?

Send in a corporate enquiry for our UNIQGIFT gift vouchers and e vouchers in Singapore today.