A List Of Incentives

Steven Cesare, Ph.D.

A business owner from Indiana called me the other day to talk about some ways to improve his company’s Rewards and Recognition Program in the hope of motivating his field and office employees, improving employee retention, and adding value to his company culture. Listed below is the initial list of incentives that I sent to him as a starting point for him and his management team to effect their desired change.

  • Bonus programs
  • Commission programs
  • $100 gift cards
  • A day off from work with pay
  • Social recognition
  • Free professional development attendance, resources, materials, etc.
  • A day for self (and spouse) at a spa
  • Wine tasting tour
  • Brewery tour
  • Lottery scratch-offs
  • Family dinner with the boss
  • Movie/Theater/Museum/Concert tickets
  • Netflix subscription
  • Work from home one day a week for a month
  • Gym membership
  • Spotify subscription
  • Certificate, plaque, or trophy
  • Yoga series
  • Electronics (e.g., earbuds, car chargers, otter box, speakers)
  • VIP parking
  • Weekly automobile detailing for one month
  • Book club allowance
  • Maid service for one month
  • A handwritten note from the boss
  • Sunday brunch at an upscale restaurant
  • Meal delivery
  • Branded clothing
  • Customized coffee mug or glass
  • Social Media posting
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Company apparel
  • Personal feature on the Website
  • LinkedIn Recommendation
  • Potluck Luncheon
  • Volunteer Day at the charity of employee’s choice
  • Lazy Monday Start Time
  • Flowers
  • Weekend getaway
  • Tools
  • Paid Day Care for one week
  • External expertise (e.g., financial counseling, nutritionist, masseuse, chiropractor, personal trainer, IT)
  • Paid Internet, App, or periodical subscriptions
  • Funded family picnic
  • Charitable donations in the employee’s name
  • Company gas card
  • Food (e.g., cookies, pastry, candy)
  • Artwork for the office
  • Dog at work
  • Several restaurant experiences
  • Cooking class
  • Music lessons
  • Sporting event
  • Uber commute to/from work for a week
  • Mountain bike maintenance
  • Personal vehicle tune-up service or repair
  • A sincere “Thank You” is always still appreciated by the way

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Steve Cesare Ph.D.

has more than 25 years of Human Resources experience. Prior to joining The Harvest Group, Steve worked with Bemus Landscape, Jack in the Box, the County of San Diego, Citicorp, and NASA. Steve earned his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University, and has authored 68 human resources journal articles. As a member of The Harvest Group, Steve’s areas of expertise include: staffing, legal compliance, wage and hour issues, training, and employee safety.  Read Steve's full bio.