Beyond Raises: 7 Ways to Improve Your Employee’s Morale Without More Salary

Male employees in an office1. Double their value: Match their gifts to a nonprofit of their choice.

2. Give time: Volunteering builds skills.

3. Add meaning: Ask representatives from the causes to tell you stories at your site about how your gifts mattered. Raise the bar by exploring how to use the ideas contained in this four-minute video.

4. Share love: Let them bring the corporate gift to the nonprofit. This might be an added value for your employee of the month. Ask the nonprofit to make it special.

5. Challenge them: Give work time to solve a nonprofit’s challenge in your expertise area. For instance, find a way to reduce social worker’s turnover by generating technology solutions.

6. Offer balance: Offer meaningful discounts on your services to nonprofits where employees belong, engage, and are active.    

7. Team compete: Engage in inter-office competitions with philanthropic prizes. The Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta has dozens of locations. It forms the staff and board teams to raise funds. Each team competes for bragging rights, glory, and the opportunity to throw a pizza party for the kids at their assigned club.   

Which of these incentives do you currently use? Which will you adopt? Of course, you might elect to give raises and adopt these practices. The first is necessary for life. The second makes a difference in lives.

Karen Eber Davis

Before founding her firm, Karen Eber Davis developed the Sarasota County Community Development Block Grant Program. Under her leadership, this infant program received the National Association of Counties National Affordable Housing Award for the Down Payment Assistance Program. To date, the program helped over 1,800 families realize their dreams of homeownership. She also worked with the City of Ft. Lauderdale and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, where she developed the division’s first audit program. In an earlier position at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tampa, she organized senior, youth, and children groups plus family activities. Her youth staffing work with the Florida Synod of the Lutheran Church in America supported youth ministries in 120 congregations in Florida.