Almost all small UK employers have used employee reward schemes to recognise the contribution of their workforce, according to new research.
The study, by American Express, found just six per cent of small business owners hadnt provided staff with a gifting initiative, but with a wide range of benefits, that minority might want to reconsider.
In particular, employee reward schemes could have a significant impact on staff retention rates. Over a third of bosses had experienced stronger levels of loyalty by regularlyacknowledging the contribution of workers.
Some 38 per cent of small business owners implemented a reward scheme that recognised high achievement, such as employee of the month awards.
The use of such initiatives was reflected in the responses from workers. Almost nine in ten had been rewarded by their employer, and half said it made them feel valued.
In fact, a third of small business workers said employee reward schemes encouraged them to work harder in the office, highlighting the tangible productivity benefits employers could be missing out on.
Over a third of employees not offered workplace rewards admitted gifts and recognition would motivate them to put more into their roles.
Commenting on the extensive use of employee benefits, Jose Carvalho, senior vice-president at American Express said small business owners were reaping the benefits? of actively expressing gratitude to staff members.
a simple thank you goes a long way and will not only make employees feel good, but will benefit a business in the process, Carvalho said in a statement.
Employers were also found to be passing down to staff monetary benefits accumulated by the business through a company credit card.
our study also shows that a number of [small business owners] are gifting rewards accrued through spending on a credit card, such as high street vouchers 46 per cent? Carvalho added.
Praseeda Nair is the editorial director of Business Advice, and its sister publication for growing businesses, Real Business. She's an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.