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Raffle gets staffers to monthly 8 a.m. meeting

A raffle for prizes gets each monthly meeting off to a fun start for the staff at a Finger Lakes, NY, professional office.

Director of operations Eileen Szanyi says the draws are designed to increase attendance at the 8 a.m. meetings.

“Those attending put their names into a basket for the month’s prizes,” she explains.

“The gifts don’t have to be costly. One prize is always our premier parking spot. That’s a parking space close to the building and only the winner can use it until the following month’s meeting. The rest of the staff is required to park at the back of the lot,” she says.

“This is especially popular in upstate New York winters!”

Other prizes

“Other low-cost prizes have included insulated mugs or other trinkets from vendors, $10 gift cards we purchase from local merchants, and tee shirts given to the company as thank-yous for charitable donations,” says Szanyi.

“Recently we have purchased L.L. Bean shirts and hats with our company logo and have raffled them at the monthly meetings.

The items are a little more costly but they have the added benefit of advertising the practice when the winners wear them in the community.”

Significant reward

For offices that are part of large complexes or crowded inner city locations, a parking spot is a significant reward. The closer parking space can shave minutes off a commute or make the commute less arduous. Some offices make several months of parking a reward for a year’s perfect attendance.

Manager of another professional practice also reports that a designated parking spot is a coveted  perk. Winner of the monthly employee award gets the parking spot nearest the side door. A sign, purchased from a workplace premiums catalog, says the parking space is reserved for the employee of the month.

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