How to Reward Your Employees

Your employees are the backbone of your organization and if you want them to give their best, you need to give them a reason to do so. Paying their salaries on time is not enough. You need to recognize each employee’s efforts and show appreciation with a reward when they deliver impressive results.

Don’t know how to reward your employees? No worries. We’ve compiled some of the best ideas for rewarding employees, but before that, let’s look at the importance of rewarding employees.

Why Rewarding Your Employees Is Good for Business

According to a Forbes report, organizations that regularly thank employees far outperform companies that don't. When you don’t thank or recognize employees for their efforts, they can begin to feel underappreciated and like their work means nothing. Such feelings lead to low engagement, morale, and motivation at work, which leads to reduced productivity.

85% of employees are happy to receive a simple “thank you” for their daily efforts and accomplishments. However, patting an employee on the back will eventually lose value and lead to discontentment and resentment. Before that happens, you should appreciate an employee’s effort with a tangible gift.

Not just any gift will do. According to an HBR report, a valueless gift can be just as damaging as receiving no gift. While you can reward an employee with a bonus check or holiday, a more cost-effective gift that is just as satisfying is corporate apparel customized with your company name or logo.

Our Favorite Apparel to Motivate Employees

Here are some of the best apparel for rewarding employees for doing impressive work:

Port & Company Knit Cap

The Port & Company Knit Cap is a fantastic choice for gifting employees because it is functional, attractive, and one-size-fits-all. The beanie has a 100% acrylic material that keeps the head warm during cold days and feels soft against the scalp.

Port Authority Dry Zone UV Micro-Mesh Polo

The Port Authority Dry Zone UV Micro-Mesh Polo is a smart-looking polo shirt with a 30 UPF-rated fabric that shields the wearer from harmful sun rays. It’s also moisture-wicking to keep the wearer sweat-free and comfortable throughout the day, and you can gift it to male or female employees.

Independent Trading Co. Lightweight Loopback Terry Hooded Pullover

The Independent Trading Co. Lightweight Loopback Terry Hooded Pullover is among our top-selling items for corporate gifts. The unisex hoodie features a premium 55/45 cotton/polyester fabric that feels soft and offers superior comfort in different weather conditions.

Gildan Heavy Cotton 100% Cotton T-Shirt

The Gildan Heavy Cotton 100% Cotton T-Shirt is an affordable tee made from premium 100% cotton. Its breathable material feels lovely on the skin and retains color and shape well.

Port & Company Long Sleeve Core Blend Tee

The Port & Company Long Sleeve Core Blend Tee is another affordable shirt that makes a lovely personalized corporate gift. Its 50/50 cotton/polyester fabric is durable yet soft, and you can layer with it during cold weather.

Port Authority Snapback Trucker Cap

The Port Authority Snapback Trucker Cap is the ideal gift idea for companies on a budget. The affordable hat is soft and breathable, and its one-size-fits-all design ensures that you don’t have to worry about it not fitting an employee.

New Era Diamond Era Stretch Cap

The New Era Diamond Era Stretch Cap is a premium face cap that pairs well with most formal and casual outfits. The 100% polyester, Diamond Era jacquard fabric ensures superior comfort and shape retention after several washes. The hat isn’t one-size-fits-all, but you can get small, medium, and large sizes.

Port Authority Value Fleece Vest

If winters are harsh in your area, keep your team safe by gifting them the Port Authority Value Fleece Vest. The mid-weight vest makes for a comfortable top layer that shields the wearer against cold winds. The thick vest also insulates the body to prevent body heat from escaping.

Port Authority Two-Tone Shopping Tote

The Port Authority Two-Tone Shopping Tote is a cotton twill tote bag with a canvas bottom. The bag is ideal for eco-conscious shoppers who want to do away with plastic bags and prefer reusable bags. Since the bag is durable and washable, your team can use it for several years without the bag losing its functionality or beauty.

OGIO Logan Pack

The OGIO Logan Backpack is suitable for office use and outdoor activities. Its padded interior can safely store fragile items (like laptops and tablets), and the water-resistant exterior prevents the bag’s contents from getting wet if it rains.

Rewarding Your Team Another Way

Is rewarding your team with customized apparel not doable for any reason? If so, consider recognizing your team by gifting them one of the following:


You can gift your team a trip to a local fun spot, such as the local bowling alley, golf course, escape room, or movie theater. If you have the budget, offer employees a bigger experience, such as an all-expense paid trip to a resort, hotel, fancy restaurant, or spa.

Increased Flexibility and Trust

You can recognize your hardworking staff without spending a dime. Do this by gifting your employees paid time off or the option to work from home. Alternatively, boost a top-performing employee’s morale by offering them the chance to take on more responsibility that could help them achieve career goals faster. For example, some companies offer top performers a chance to be CEO for a day.

Raises and Title Bumps

Your top-performing employees will definitely appreciate a pay raise or promotion as a reward for their efforts. Offering a raise implies that the company believes the employee is delivering more value than their current earnings. On the other hand, a promotion shows that the company has faith in the employee’s ability to take on more responsibility.

Rewarding Your Employees Should Not Be a Hassle

Now that you know how to reward your employees, you only need to find where to get the best gifts, especially if you plan to gift your team customized corporate apparel. Head over to Thread Logic – the leading supplier of custom apparel.

We offer shirts, jackets, hats, and more from the best brands, and we do not charge extra for embroidering your items. Also, we help you save money by offering a discount when you place bulk orders. Check out our customer reviews and contact us to discuss your employee gift needs.

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About Jeff Taxdahl

With over 20 years’ experience in embroidery and business ownership, Thread Logic owners Jeff and Wenda Taxdahl, and the Thread Logic team, know what it takes to make custom logo embroidered apparel that people are proud to wear.