The holiday season is right around the corner. As an employer, it is a great time of the year to show your appreciation for your staff. Not only will it help keep them engaged during the busy time, but it will help boost morale all year long. Here are a few ways you can give back to your employees during the holidays.
A simple “thank you” can go a long way. Put it in writing. Better yet, give your employee handwritten thank you notes during the holidays to show your appreciation. The little bit of time it will take to handwrite them a note will do wonders for office morale.
The end of the year is often a time for reflection, and it is a great time to get to know who your employees are outside of work. Hold events that allow for more casual conversation. Get to know what interests them and what they are passionate about. This will help you identify incentives they will truly value. They will notice that you listened and took note of what motivates them.
A large number of businesses have some sort of holiday get-together at the end of the year. Celebrate personal milestones for the year as well. If one of your employees recently finished their master’s degree, for example, or someone was made president of a professional organization, announce and celebrate it. This will let your staff know that you recognize their personal career milestones.
Employees’ families often pay the price when your worker brings home work over the weekend or works late to meet a deadline. So, it is a nice idea to acknowledge your employees’ families. When you write your thank-yous, make note of their families. You might also send their family a gift card or hold a special event during the holidays to include them.
Many companies provide bonuses around the holidays as a way to show appreciation for their staff. Of course, it has been a difficult year for many businesses adjusting to the market during the pandemic. So, monetary bonuses may be difficult to achieve. However, you can get creative with what you offer of value. Consider providing paid training or flexible hours during the holiday season. These have monetary value without costing as much as bonuses might.
Another way you can give back to your employees during the holidays is by simply giving them some additional time off. They have worked hard for you throughout the year. Offer them some paid time off to enjoy their families and recharge before the new year. Take the time to reflect on your business and plan for the coming 12 months.
Think about how you can personalize your appreciation efforts to each employee. Gift cards are a common way for employers to show appreciation in a more personalized way. You can choose certain stores or products you know they enjoy. Knowing you put the consideration into it will make them feel even more appreciated.
While each of the things listed above is great, simply saying you appreciate your team’s hard work can be enough. Thank them for their contributions daily. Tell them how much you appreciate their attention to detail, etc.
You shouldn’t wait until the holidays to tell your staff that you appreciate them either. Make a habit out of thanking your employees and showing your appreciation.
One way you can really show your employees they are appreciated is by having the right number of staff on your team. Oftentimes, people are overworked because businesses are understaffed. They don’t feel like they can take time off or enjoy the holidays. Eventually, they feel burnt out and may even begin to look for work elsewhere to gain a better work-life balance.
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Utilizing the help of a staffing agency like TekCom can help you fill in the gaps in your staff so your employees don’t feel stretched thin during the holidays. In some ways, this is the best gift you can give your team. Contact us to learn more about how we can assist your organization.