Hard to believe it’s time to think about the holidays, especially after a spring and early summer that seemed to stretch on forever. But here we are!
Given the additional stresses and uncertainties that 2020 has brought, companies might want to do something extra special for their employees this year, and it’s never too soon to start thinking about it.
Here are a few ways to show your team you appreciate them and all their hard work, especially this year.
1. Write them personalized thank-you notes.
An estimated 79% of people who leave jobs don’t do so for financial reasons but because they do not feel appreciated. One of the simplest ways of showing that you value their hard work and time. It will take some time, of course, and maybe a little research, but a sincere and heartfelt gesture, in your own handwriting, might just be the nicest thing you can do for them. Tell them how you appreciate their contributions to your company’s success and how you value them as a person and as a part of your team. If you can add a sentence or two with really personalized detail, so much the better. It also won’t cost a ton of money to make this happen, which is great for the company’s bottom line.
2. Buy them lunch or dinner.
It’s a great way to spend some time together, take a break and relax together. Sharing a meal is one of the oldest ways people have bonded and it’s a nice change of pace, too, from lunch or dinner in the break room. Bust out some decorations to make it a little festive and prepare a few comments to say thanks.
3. Friendly competition.
A little festive holiday treat is fun; encouraging your employees to show off their cooking or baking skills ups the ante and provides a buffet of goodies for everyone to enjoy. Offer some fun certificates or accolades for best cookie, cake, brownie or most unusual recipe to add in some friendly competition from which everyone benefits.
4. Give the gift of time.
Holiday time often means everyone clamoring for the same days off. There’s a lot of year-end and shopping stress combined with the usual rush to get everyone done in a short amount of time. If feasible, offer your employees some extra time off or more flexible scheduling to allow them to get things done. This might also provide the added perk of being more focused on their job when they’re at work since they’ll have crossed some items off their personal to-do list.
Managers know their teams best, so think about what would mean the most and best show your appreciation to your team. It’s been a long, tough year and everyone in your company deserves a little extra gratitude and thanks, especially at the holidays.
Add More Cheer to Your Team
If you’re looking to add a little more cheer to the best time of the year, contact Debbie’s Staffing. We have more advice to keep companies running smoothly or, if needed, we can help you find new employees to build your team and keep your success growing. Contact Debbie’s Staffing today and let’s get started.