Here’s an idea for a low-cost way to reward employees. Keep a supply of lottery tickets, movie tickets and gift cards on file. When an employee does something exceptional, hand one to them and explain that you appreciate what they did.
If someone else manages the staff, provide the gifts to that person to hand them out instead of you. You can keep a little higher-priced gifts on hand for you to give to the manager when he or she does an outstanding job.