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At the end of the year – and especially this year – companies and management teams usually take stock of how the company has performed. With the tough times that many businesses have been plagued with recently, many aren’t able to afford big bonuses or any monetary rewards at all.

There are, however, other ways that you can reward staff at the end of this year and even throughout next year.

Here are five ways that you can reward employees even if you don’t have a lot of money:

Gift vouchers

If full bonuses are off the cards right now but your staff still deserve a reward, consider vouchers as a. token of appreciation that can be given to employees. They can be anything from a massage to a retail store and more. Think outside the box. You could even purchase a voucher from a service like SweepSouth, which will give your staff some time back too. Having a Sweep Star in their home to help with household duties or maintenance on the house will take one thing off their list to worry about at the end of the day.

Treat them to a big team lunch

Team lunches or dinners are great for morale and an excellent way to reward staff at the end of the year. Use the opportunity to speak up and thank them for their hard work. But make it a special meal don’t go to the restaurant up the road and order pizzas. Look for ways to make a lunch or dinner something unique. For example, you could have a picnic somewhere or put a unique spin on the standard company lunch, with a brunch such as the Dubai-style brunch at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. Already being Dubai-style makes it unique in that it’s hosted from 1pm to 4pm on selected Saturdays and other days of the week if you’re booking it for year-end, but it’s also unlike any other brunch. Many brunch selections are simply breakfast meals but the Radisson takes it up several notches. You will have to book to experience it for yourself!

Give them a new space to work in

This one is especially for the parents who have been working from home for most of the year. If you can, gift staff with a change of scenery to kick off the year. Take a look at co-working spaces in your city and see which ones suit your company best. It doesn’t have to be every day, of course. It could be a day a week for a month. Serviced office space, The Business Exchange, has recently opened in Cape Town’s Waterfront and has a few office spaces in Johannesburg. It’s worth looking into if you are based in these cities!

Allocate extra leave days

You might not have money to give, but you can reward your staff with additional time off. And who doesn’t love extra leave days? Multinational public relations agency, Irvine Partners, recently took the decision to reward its staff with five extra leave days every year.

“Our team has worked tirelessly around the clock, across different time zones all year,” says Hayley van der Woude, MD of Irvine Partners. “It was important for us to be able to show our team that we value their hard work, while also encouraging a better work/life balance. Extra leave days was a tangible way to show this.”

Reward the best-performing team members

If you can’t afford to reward everyone, reward the best-performing members of your team. This will not only give them a hard-earned prize, but it will also incentivise the rest of the team. It could be a big reward such as a holiday package at a top hotel in the country or city. Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge, for example, sells vouchers that you can purchase for others. As one of the top tourism establishments in the Kruger National Park, it will surely be a well-received reward for hard work.

 

What people miss about the office

A nationwide survey by one of South Africa’s largest workplace consultancies has revealed what we are missing about the workplace – and the surprisingly high number of people who want to get back to the office.

Linda Trim, director at Giant Leap, said the survey was carried out during stage 4 of the lockdown and canvassed the opinions of several hundred people across the country who normally work in an office.

“It showed that 86% of people wanted to go back to working in an office but would like to have the option of at least a day a week to work from home or other remote locations.”

She added that while remote work was initially very popular, as time at home wore on, people realised there was a complete lack of work life balance. People often reported feelings of isolation and difficulties in carrying team tasks;many missed coworkers.

“The survey showed that 70% of people missed the general social interactions of the office while 85% said they missed the ‘colleague interaction’ while working at home.”

81% felt that it made general work communication much harder.

Interestingly, 70% reported that they were more sedentary working at home which is one the risk factors of health conditions such as diabetes, neuroskeletal problems such as back and muscle pain.

The South African results are similar to findings by global design and architecture firm Gensler’s recent US Work from Home Survey which polled 2 500 workers across the United States.

“It showed that only 12% of U.S. workers want to work from home full-time while 74% said people are what they miss most about the office. Most want to return to the workplace,” Trim noted.

She said that the survey showed that most want to spend the majority of their normal work week at the office, while maintaining the ability to work from home for part of the week.

“Notably, the quality of the work environment workers left directly correlates to their willingness to in return. On average, the more satisfied a respondent was with their prior work environment, the fewer days they want to work from home,” said Trim.

When asked about the most important reasons to come into the office, respondents overwhelmingly chose activities focused on people and community, including scheduled meetings, socialising and face-to-face time.

“55% said scheduled meetings with colleagues, 54% said socialising with colleagues while the same percentage said impromptu face time were top reasons for coming to an office. Workers also listed access to technology and the ability to focus on their work as key reasons to come in,” Trim noted.

Trim said that South Africa would slowly get back to work and offices would again be the epicentre of the working world.

“But wellbeing is now paramount. We are increasingly being asked to design for distance while still enabling interaction. Workplaces have to be resilient to this and future pandemics and as they change will become better places for people,” she concluded.

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