December 2013

Dear Reader,

As the end of the year approaches, it's the time when some businesses think about how best to reward their staff for their hard work over the last 12 months. But will a one-off 'thank you' have the right effect, or would you be better off putting a more ongoing, sustainable rewards scheme in place?

In the final newsletter of 2013, I thought I'd share with you the story of how one Dickensian employer got it right!

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a rewarding New Year!


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Scrooge's Guide to Christmas Presents

Ebenezer Scrooge loved Christmas! He really enjoyed giving his staff time off, to spend with their families over Christmas. He encouraged them to go Christmas shopping and to send cards to all their friends.

Mr Scrooge even loved giving presents to his staff. But he often struggled to find the best gift for each person. So one year, had a great idea. Instead of buying each member of his team a gift at Christmas, Mr Scrooge decided to set up a reward system for all his staff, which would run all through the year, rewarding them on an ongoing basis for their hard work.

Here's what Ebenezer Scrooge did to create the best Christmas present that lasts for 12 months: 

  • He put a structure in place just a simple one to begin with
  • He took the time to identify the things that were really important to his staff including non-financial benefits and incorporated them into his strategy
  • He invested in making his company an interesting and fulfilling place to work. This helped him to attract great people and helped keep overall pay costs down
  • He created a scheme that was simple to understand, so that his line managers didn't struggle to explain it. They were key to making his reward structure a success
  • He didn't assume that it was just about pay. According to research that Mr Scrooge read, some executives would consider a pay cut of up to 35% in order to get their ideal job.
  • Then he reviewed the scheme and the effect it had on his staff throughout the year, to make sure he was still getting it right
  • And finally he enjoyed spreading Christmas cheer amongst his staff all year long and they loved working for him!

Think about how you can engage your staff beyond Christmas by setting up a reward scheme next year.

Some Christmas Presents for You

For information on setting up the best reward system for your staff, have a look at these websites and articles

The best ways to reward employees

5 ways to reward your staff without giving them a pay rise

A guide on running incentive schemes

Lots of useful advice and ideas from Personnel Today

or Reward your staff with a Christmas gift card!
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