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Retail Jewelers: Low Cost Ways to Reward Your Jewelry Store Employees

Monday, October 8, 2018  
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Did you know that recognizing and rewarding your store employees for a job well done increases employee engagement? Engaged employees tend to be happier and happy employees perform better at work, creating happy customer experiences.

With the upcoming holidays being one of the busiest times of the year, your employees are likely working extra hours and delivering outstanding customer service.

If you’ve thought about rewarding your employees for their hard work but don’t have a large budget, that’s ok. You don’t need a ton of cash to make an impact.

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group even offers several jeweler programs to support store owners in rewarding their employees and extending service after the sale for customers. It’s easy to earn points or cash that can be shared with your employees.

Here are a few other low-cost, long-term ideas to reward your store employees.

Provide a break for sweet treats

Food brings everyone together, especially when that food is cake, cookies, cupcakes, etc. Stop by your local bakery, pick up some sweet treats and surprise your employees with an afternoon break.

Recognition in front of peers

At your next employee meeting, take a few minutes to recognize those who have gone above and beyond. Not only will you make that employee feel important and appreciated, you may very well inspire others to go above and beyond. P.S. This is free!

VIP parking spot

If you live in a state with freezing cold winters or steaming hot summers, you appreciate a well-placed parking spot. Prime parking is reserved for your customers, but go ahead and designate a great spot for the employee of the month. They will enjoy the coveted spot and the recognition.

Handwritten note with a small gift or gift card

Take some time to write a short-handwritten note to each of your employees. Thank them for their hard work over the past year and call out any personal successes they may have had. Include a small gift or gift card along with the note as an extra special surprise.

Reward yourself and your employees

Already have a plan for rewarding your employees? Great! Don’t forget about the jeweler programs and resources offered by Jewelers Mutual.

Find out if you are eligible to participate in one of Jewelers Mutual’s programs to help grow your business, enhance the overall customer experience and reward your employees.


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