When employees receive a small incentive for demonstrating a strong work ethic and commitment to the business, the positive effects this has on their levels of morale, productivity and job satisfaction can be quite significant. Likewise, as an employer, demonstrating that you value your employees by offering small tokens of appreciation, not only reflects positively on your management style, but will increase efficiency and performance in the workplace. It is important to note that incentivising your staff should focus on driving employee engagement by reinforcing and motivating your workforce to get involved in the business, as opposed to simply rewarding them for attending work. What’s more, bigger incentives do not always equal better incentives. Sometimes it is the small gestures that strike the greatest chord with employees. A great incentive that I know a lot of employees will appreciate is offering employees a free breakfast on a Monday morning in order to re-energise our staff and to encourage a positive mind-set for the week ahead. This achieves two things, it provides employees with a great start to the week and secondly it brings people together, including those who would not normally be afforded the opportunity to speak throughout the week. It really does help bring people together. Additionally, it provides employees with extra time away from their work stations, which is particularly significant as many of us often forego lunch to continue working at our desks. Another great incentive is low cost fitness sessions, possibly out of work hours using vacant office space should you have it. Implementing a fitness class into the working week should focus on flexibility and fun. By employing this social form of exercise it will help clear employees’ minds, provide a much needed break and build camaraderie amongst your teams. From an employer’s perspective, encouraging employees to participate in fun workplace fitness classes will have a positive long-term effect on productivity levels and help drive your business forward. More specifically, healthy employees tend to work more efficiently, have fewer absences and report higher levels of job satisfaction. Low cost incentives can help build teamwork, whilst also aiding communication and cooperation across departments. Moreover, making employee satisfaction a priority in the workplace will serve to encourage long-term loyalty amongst your employees, so both the employer and employees win. For further information and advice contact the Peninsula Advice Service on 0844 892 2772.