Teams are used to increase work production, solve problems, develop improvements, and lots more for business organizations. Getting people to work together often requires a different set of rewards to motivate the team to do their best. Here are ten simple ideas for rewards that recognize and motivate team building and work contributions.
- Put team and individual member appreciation and accomplishment in writing via a letter or some fun certificate of achievement that is given out at a team meeting.
- Offer team-building, communication, conflict resolution, and meeting training to improve their future working together and give them time away from current work to attend.
- Vocalize appreciation for the work they do by giving group and individual praise appropriately.
- Provide rewards and recognition that are specifically tailored to the team and its individual members.
- Invite team members to celebrate their accomplishments together with a pot-luck lunch, pizza at a meeting, or an after-hours party.
- Give little office gifts or books to team members or consider a bigger gift idea for the entire team.
- Provide training and growth opportunities not just for team-building, process improvement, and problem solving, but other skills as well.
- Arrange occasional times for a fun outing such as short trips like going together to a game, movie, a picnic, community event, or the option of breakfast or lunch in a popular restaurant.
- Offer bi-yearly or yearly options for a few hours, half day, or full day facilitated team building event or retreat that gets them away from the job but closer together as a group.
- Use a small amount of meeting time or the team’s lunch time for team-building activities like icebreakers or thought-provoking exercises.
These ten easy to implement ideas for team rewards can be a starting point for recognizing and motivating teams and its members. Appropriate rewards are important for getting people to work together to do their best as a team. This is important to business organizations that want to use their work teams to increase production, for problem solving, and to implement improvements to processes and products.
NOTE: See also article on “The 3 P’s of Reward and Recognition” when designing programs.