7 Ways to Thank Your Employees This Holiday Season

Opinion expressed by Businessman their own contributors.

Christmas is almost here, and the holiday season is in full swing. I like to “wow” my employees with a little holiday cheer each year. As small business owners, it’s easy to forget important things. That’s where I come in…I’ll never forget it!

I focus on employee satisfaction throughout the year, from handing out awards to planning Halloween celebrations. But at the end of the year, the floodgates always open, and I like to give my employees a little more than usual. But where do you start? How do you top yourself every year? Well, don’t worry. My gift to you is this list of seven simple ways to thank your employees this holiday season.

1. Give a handwritten thank you note along with a box of chocolates and cookies

It’s the best classic way to say thank you — and it’s still one of the best. This is if you want something that isn’t too flashy but will show how much you appreciate the hard work of your employees. A handwritten thank you letter with a box of chocolates and cookies. Although it may seem like a small gesture, it can have a big impact on your employees. Showing them that you care about what they do and appreciate their hard work will help build trust and loyalty to the company.

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2. Schedule a vacation to a favorite destination for everyone on your team

I know it sounds like a dream come true, but it can be done.

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Planning a vacation for your employees is a great way to show them you appreciate them.

It can be their favorite place in the world or somewhere nearby — whatever makes them happy will do. If you don’t have the budget to send everyone on a trip, consider sending your highest performing or most deserving employees and their families. This way, you can make sure everyone is happy without breaking the bank or stressing about how much money you’re spending.

3. Exchange gifts

A secret Santa or white elephant gift exchange is a fun way to get your employees excited and in the holiday spirit. Everyone gets the same amount of money to spend on each other, and they can choose funny, thoughtful or just plain silly gifts.

It’s also a great opportunity to gain some insight into what your employees want — and what they might not have thought to ask of themselves.

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4. Give personalized gifts

A gift can be a great starting point for building strong relationships. Giving is great, but giving thoughtful gifts is even better.

Personalized gifts are the perfect way to show your employees that you appreciate them. And when your employees feel valued, they will be more motivated and productive at work.

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Plus, personalized gifts are easy on your wallet: You don’t have to spend a ton of money on expensive gifts for everyone in your office. All it takes is a little imagination and patience.

For example, if you give your employees a nice bottle of wine but don’t make a big deal out of it, they’ll think it’s not a gift. But if you add some personal touches and make the process more thoughtful, your employees will feel more appreciated.

A family photo is my favorite personalized gift.

5. Give out bonuses

The holiday season is a time of giving, and that’s exactly what your employees deserve. A nice, fat bonus will help lift their spirits and show them how much you appreciate their hard work throughout the year.

Bonus time is an opportunity to show your employees how much you appreciate them and the work they put in this year. If you already have a bonus system, consider adding extra money to your employees’ paychecks this year. Even if you don’t have a formal policy, consider giving something small as a token of appreciation.

While this may seem like a small gesture, it can go a long way toward building relationships with your team members — which is positive for everyone in the long run.

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6. Buy them a gift from their wish list

This is the easiest way to show appreciation to your employees. It’s also the most meaningful because you’re giving them exactly what they want. It is guaranteed to be something they will love and use.

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If you don’t know what they like, check out their social media profiles and see if there are any clues about their hobbies or interests. If not, ask them. Be sure to ask early so you can get them something in time for the holidays.

7. Give employees access to exclusive discounts

Sometimes a really nice gift is out of your budget. However, you can still make an impact by giving your employees exclusive discounts on items they want to buy. For example, if you have an employee who runs a lot and loves running clothes, consider giving them a coupon code for 20% off Nike. This will allow them to get something they want without paying full price (and it will also make them feel valued).

When it comes to saying thank you, big gestures and wonderful gifts are always fun. But simple gestures also go a long way. I take them to heart this holiday season because we need a little thought to show gratitude and create an environment of appreciation for the hardworking people on our teams.

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