Some companies offer yearend bonuses.
It’s an opportunity to show to employees that they’re valued. It’s also a way
to help employees stay afloat. Those who live from paycheck to paycheck need
this extra cash. Besides, they deserve it because they work hard. The only
issue is that you might not be fair in giving bonuses. It could lead to issues
within the team. You might not have bad intentions, but your decisions will be
perceived in a negative light. Setting clear standards in handing out bonuses
Always base it on tangible performance
Go back to the job description of
your employees. Make sure they do what’s required of them. If they meet
their goals or exceed expectations, they get an amount they deserve. The
standards should also be clear from the start. Sure, bonuses are a prerogative
of the company, but they should still be given in a fair manner.
Peer evaluations should be considered
You want your employees to maintain
a good relationship with one another. They don’t have to be friends, but
they should at least maintain a good professional relationship. Peer
evaluations can help you determine the bonuses too. Employees who have a
generally poor evaluation score could have a lower bonus. It tells that person
to work harder in having a wonderful working relationship with the rest. Of
course, the standards should be clear. Otherwise, those who are real friends
with each other will end up giving high scores.
Suggestions matter too
You want your employees to voice
out their opinions. You need them to be more active during brainstorming.
They can’t sit on one side and allow others to dictate the direction of the
company. Besides, excellent ideas might come from employees who rarely speak
up. If you tell them that suggestions matter, and you will consider them in
offering bonuses, they will extract creative juices from their brains. They
become more active. It’s also a way of asking the new employees to step up and
not be shy to say their thoughts. They might hesitate since they’re new to the
team, but they shouldn’t.
Self-evaluation should be included
You also want to test your employees
and how they view themselves as a part of the team. Self-evaluations are
crucial. It doesn’t mean you will immediately give high bonuses to those who
gave themselves a high score. Of course, those who need that extra cash will
most likely rate themselves higher. You can have private interviews too to
allow your employees to explain their personal ratings.
By combining these standards, you
become fairer in giving bonuses. No one would accuse you of favoritism. You let
the job performance matter most. It inspires others to work harder too. There’s
always another year to try hard in earning a more substantial bonus.
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