This year has been especially difficult and different for all businesses. It has meant change for many of us, and has tested businesses and employees like no other year. As a business owner, you may want to show your employees that you appreciate their hard work and resilience throughout the pandemic. Recognition and appreciation are the lifeblood of successful teams. This year, you may want to do something different to thank your employees this holiday season.
Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Team This Holiday
- Write a note
One of the easiest and most effective ways to show your appreciation for all the hard work your employees do is to write thank you notes. A handwritten note is not only personal, but it is a meaningful expression of your thanks. Make it personal by writing down what you are thankful for – whether it’s their presence in the office, going the extra mile during the pandemic, or thinking of creative ways to help the business out. Take the time to craft the perfect note to show that you care.
- Buy your team lunch
Whether you’re back in the office or still working remotely, you can help your team out by buying them lunch. It’s an instant crowd-pleaser that shows you appreciate them for a job well done. Everyone loves a free meal, especially when it’s in recognition of the team’s success.
- Give them an afternoon off
This year may have meant that your team worked longer hours. A great way to thank them for their time is to let them leave early or give them an afternoon off work. Sometimes the best way to show your appreciation is to give them time off work. If you can’t afford for the entire team to leave early one afternoon, break your staff up into two teams. One team gets to leave early one week, the other team will get to do so the following week.
- Practical, personal gifts
You know a lot about your employees through working side-by-side with them on a daily basis. Let that knowledge guide your gift selection to ensure you are giving something that will be valued and appreciated by each employee. If he/she is into health and fitness, consider gifting them a fitness tracker. For an employee who loves their pets, give a gift that is meant for their cat or dog. When looking for the perfect holiday appreciation gift, consider shopping locally at your team’s favorite stores.
Think about some of the more creative ways you can thank your employees this holiday season.