When the holiday season arrives, it is a great time for you and your employees to look back on a year of hard work and many successes. But along with this, it’s also a fantastic time to show your employees just how much you have appreciated their hard work during the year. If you want to be the boss everyone loves and have a business that’s known for appreciating its employees, here are some ways you can express appreciation to your employees during the holidays.
Over the holidays, nothing can bring people together more and put everyone in a great mood more than delicious food. If you agree, consider offering your employees a company-sponsored luncheon to show your appreciation. To go all-out, hire a catering company to bring in all kinds of great holiday food. Not only will this build morale, but it will also give employees who may not work together very often a chance to get to know one another better, which will help to build a stronger workplace team.
Giving your employees corporate gifts as a sign of your appreciation is another wonderful gesture you can make during the holiday season. As for what to give, this can run the gamut from coffee mugs to much more extravagant gifts such as vacations or whatever else you want to spend your money on over the holidays.
When your employees get their last paycheck before the holidays, imagine their surprise when they find out you’ve included a surprise bonus in their pay. Since everyone is always in need of extra money to buy gifts and other things over the holiday season, even a relatively small bonus will be greatly appreciated. If your company has had a particularly profitable year, sharing the wealth with your employees will go a long way towards building loyalty amongst your employees.
Finally, why not surprise your employees with some extra days off over the holidays? This can work especially well just before you would be closing down for the holiday season. By giving everyone an extra day or two off, they can spend time with family, do some last-minute shopping, or get their homes ready for holiday company that will be arriving soon.
No matter which of these holiday appreciation ideas you decide to use with your employees, you will quickly become a boss who is known for caring about employees and doing much more than just spreading around a few kind words over the holidays.
Emma is a freelance writer based out of Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2