It’s the holidays and quite often the time of year your employee(s) work the hardest, it’s time to show them some employee appreciation. With all the early mornings, late nights and thankless menial tasks, it’s one of the most important times to show your staff you appreciate them, their extra effort and their devotion. If you’re in need of ideas, or budget-friendly ways to express your sincere gratitude, you’ve come to the right place.
1 – TREAT THEM TO SOMETHING SPECIAL
This can be anything! Obviously, make sure it’s work appropriate. No explicit or racially offensive items that would land you in the people relations (HR) office. Also, that would have the opposite impact of the intention presented. Some easy wins are treating your employee(s) to Starbucks, a groupon-activity gift, a 3-month Amazon Prime membership or Hulu or Netflix, a bottle of Champagne, a candle, cash, a gift card….. what have you. One of my awesome bosses knew I didn’t care for coffee and thoughtfully gifted me a one-week supply of Rockstar because he noticed it on my desk almost every morning. It stuck with me and he thanked me for my ‘Rockstar’ performance. For those who are slightly clueless on what to get, we’ve got some fool-proof recommendations here.
2 – GIVE THEM SOME MUCH NEEDED TIME OFF
Whether it’s an extra week, a day or even letting them leave a few hours early, it’s something. Time off at any length is always appreciated. And if you aren’t able to give them time off during the season, you can still offer it up by giving them a little voucher that says ‘X amount of time off, valid X through X.’ It shows that even though you aren’t able to throw them a bone right then and there, you’re still willing to reward them at some point in the very near future. But don’t delay it too long, you’ll want honor it in a timely manner to maintain credibility. We think this is a great way to tell them!
3 – BRING SOME HOLIDAY SPIRIT TO THE OFFICE
My former boss allowed me to head up our ‘FUN-tivities Program’ where I created in-office events for all the staff on our floor to attend. It helped us all to socialize and bond and also lighten the sometimes tense corporate mood. These funtivities consisted of anything from Conference Room Movie Premieres with concessions, to Holiday Dirty Santa gift exchanges, to Holiday Potlucks. Have some volunteers help to fuel the efforts and offer up a minimal budget to supply snacks and such. You could also prompt some contests – like who can decorate their cube or office/office door the best?! Who can decorate the cutest tree, gift box. Maybe even designate a team to decorate a section of the office together! Might we add, THE DOLLAR TREE is THE BEST for super cute and budget-friendly Christmas decor. We’ve also put together some cute ideas here.
4 – THROW AN EMPLOYEE HOLIDAY PARTY
If you’re going for the greatest-boss-of-the-year-award, throw an employee party to show your employee appreciation. Find an event-space (Dream Point Ranch, Dresser Mansion, and Studio 308 all have great event spaces), hire an awesome DJ (we love Lionsroad Studios – they also have lighting), rent a photo booth (Snap That Photography – obviously), source some decor, book some delectable catering or opt for a bar and snack cart as a more budget-friendly option and send out your invites! Need more details? Read this for full-fledged options of throwing a last-minute holiday party.
5 – RECOGNITION
Lastly, if you’re unable to accommodate any of the above or just have Scrooge tendencies then please consider just shooting a little bit of recognition their way. Saying things like ‘Thank you so much for all your hard work this year, you’ve been great” can really go a long way toward showing your employee appreciation. You could go above and beyond on this task by printing out a cute award certificate of recognition that your employee could hang on the wall as a reminder that they are appreciated. Here’s some awesome FREE print templates to get you started!
We hope you find our suggestions useful and enjoyable. If you have some great ideas about honoring employee appreciation – share them in the comments!