What should I buy my employees
I own a small business (around 15 people in the office at any given time). Some days, I’m feeling grumpy, most days, I’m feeling normal, and some days, I’m feeling generous.
Where we are as a company, I can’t raise people’s salaries when I’m feeling generous. I would, though, like to be able to bring in some gift of appreciation on occasion. When certain sales goals are met, the whole office gets lunch, and I’d like to keep the lunch reward tied to sales goals.
I assume a number of you work in some sort of office yourself. I want to limit this in time (no seven page individualized essays on why each person is a shining example of humanity) and money (this will likely come out of my pocket, and I’m not, by any means, wealthy).
Under $10 a person would make sense. I’m in a large metropolitan area, so I have access to a number of different types of shops.
What food/trinkets/stuff could someone at work get you that would brighten your day/make you feel happy without distracting you too much (squirt guns are probably out)?
posted by duckierose to Work Money (60 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Why not give them each a free pass for a half day off. They can leave early, come in late, whatever. I’d like that more than a bagel or a mousepad.
posted by lpsguy at 10:07 AM on February 18, 2010 [18 favorites]
Cinema gift cards are always appreciated.
posted by batmonkey at 10:08 AM on February 18, 2010
Company T shirts? I don’t get the attraction myself but people at my work go crazy over free shirts.
You could also do movie ticket vouchers or some similar event (cheap minor league sports tickets?).
posted by ghharr at 10:10 AM on February 18, 2010
A 3 hour lunch would be nice. Coffee. I’d stay away from trinket ey sorts of things like, I don’t know, fun erasers or something. We work in a time sensitive business, and while we’re doing well right now, we’re not doing that well. Plus, at least for our sales time, time off just means less time to close deals. We have a half day Friday incentive that, when earned, is usually mostly ignored by the staff, because commission is worth more than their hourly wage.
posted by duckierose at 10:12 AM on February 18, 2010
Cinema gift cards are certainly not always appreciated. Maybe by you. In general gift cards are a bad choice, because it forces people to go somewhere to redeem it that they might not want to go.
Nice coffee and tea for the office is good, or a better coffee maker. It’s something the entire office can enjoy, normally. I think token gifts in lieu of raises or bonsues is pretty tacky, and I don’t really appreciate it much. Call me ungrateful, but I do my job well because I take pride in my work, and don’t want to feel "bribed" by my employer to continue doing a good job. not having to use vacation time, are without doubt the best gift I’ve ever received from my boss.
posted by halogen at 10:14 AM on February 18, 2010
MeFites type quickly! Should have previewed.
posted by halogen at 10:15 AM on February 18, 2010
I’m liking the suggestions, but please remember, this is going to be out of my own pocket. I am not the sole owner of the company, and while I wish I could shower ever staff member with raises and vacation time, it’s not economically feasible at this time. I don’t wish to give out a $5 coffee mug in lieu of a raise. I was just hoping for fun ideas to make people smile for a bit on a slow Friday afternoon, coming from a person, not The Company.
posted by duckierose at 10:20 AM on February 18, 2010
Extra time off, gift cards or a free lunch are a good bet.
posted by cwarmy at 10:23 AM on February 18, 2010
I think shownomercy has a good suggestion. At our office people regularly supply good tea and coffee (having both caf and decaf available), and we have a decent coffee maker, microwave, and a hot water pot/kettle. You as boss bumping up the offerings in that line to better quality sometimes would be very much appreciated around my office.
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