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How to Recognize Your Small Business All-Star Team
  • 02 July 2017
  • Eric Michaels

How to Recognize Your Small Business All-Star Team

Every summer, Major League Baseball's All-Star players participate in the Midsummer Classic. If and when you watch this showcase of athletic skill, you may be inspired to think about how you can recognize and celebrate your own small business all-star team. As you need your best staff members to stick with you for the long haul, it is important to show them how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication. Here are some tips on how to celebrate and retain your small business all-star team.

1. Give out bonuses

Do you currently have a bonus structure in place? If not, you should consider incorporating these incentives into your overall budget. While you should certainly offer verbal encouragement and recognition throughout the year, your employees will feel even more valued if you are able to provide them with some financial compensation for a job well done. In fact, these types of incentives can make all the difference if and when your team is thinking about making a move to another company. When you reward your employees in a concrete way, they will be more likely to stick with you for the long haul.

2. Offer "Summer Fridays"

Your whole team will appreciate the opportunity to make the most of the longer, warmer summer days. As such, you may want to consider setting up a reward system in which team members can earn early dismissals on certain Fridays, allowing them to get a head start on their weekends. For example, you could create an office-wide contest that encourages your team to meet specific goals in June, July, and August. As your all-star team members pass different milestones toward that goal, you can designate an early dismissal Summer Friday as a reward.

3. Build a strong company culture

It takes more than a desirable paycheck to keep your top staff members engaged; you also need to develop a strong, positive company culture. Knowing your all-star players, they will have suggestions for how to build and improve the current culture and office atmosphere. By calling upon them for their input and putting their ideas into place, you can help these key staff members feel valued. In addition, when you develop this type of initiative, your entire team will feel more encouraged to come to you with any questions or concerns they may have about your workplace environment. Throughout this process, you may even recognize some new all-stars on your team, who have stepped up to the plate to help improve your company dynamic.

4. Promote from within

When it comes time to fill a new open position, you should always start by looking to your current team to see if anyone is ready to take on these additional responsibilities. By making an effort to promote from within, you can show your all-stars that you recognize and appreciate their hard work and dedication. This type of advancement structure can also motivate your other employees to step up their game.

5. Think of new ways to celebrate your team's accomplishments

MLB All-Stars get a few days in the spotlight, and your own top employees deserve some time to shine, as well. Perhaps you can throw a summer bash that celebrates employee achievements throughout the first half of the year or barbecue lunch at the office on Fridays. Or perhaps you could implement an Employee of the Month system to call out specific individuals who have really gone above and beyond. By celebrating these accomplishments as a team, you can ensure that your most valuable players get the public recognition they deserve.

In many ways, your employees are the heart and soul of your company. When you recruit and hire top talent, you should do all you can to retain these team members and keep them engaged. How do you recognize your small business all-star team?

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