You know that your employees are the lifeblood of your business. But did you know that Christmas is a great time to reward them for their hard work and dedication? In fact, it's an excellent time to recognise your team, your customers and even your partners.
Sincerity goes a long way, and nothing shows you actually care more than a bit of forward planning, authenticity and great rewards. Here’s our top tips on engaging ways to reward your most valuable people and celebrate Christmas together.
Finding the perfect Christmas reward can be a tricky task. After all, one employee's Christmas orange is another's lump of coal. The ideal reward makes your employees feel noticed, recognised and appreciated. Be it store vouchers, hampers, experience days or all-singing, all-dancing rewards, like trips abroad and ‘staycations’. Whatever you chose, make sure it appeals to your audience.
If you need a gift that's versatile enough to keep your whole workforce happy, consider a high street shopping voucher. It gives employees access to fantastic retailers and allows them to choose a gift they really want.
Have you ever received a gift from work and thought 'what on earth am I going to do with that?' Each year millions of pounds are wasted on useless gifts given to thousands of employees. Meat hampers to vegetarians, desk tidy's, branded mouse mats or the classic carriage clock. Skip the stuff this year – why not ask your employees what they want, or let them choose their own gift with a multi retailer shopping voucher.
Get your employees in the spirit of Christmas and give them a motivation boost at the same time, by setting a festive challenge. Challenges can generate a great buzz in the office without taking too much time away from work. They get employees chatting and having fun. Your festive challenge could be something as simple as deciding who's going to dress as Santa this year, a tree decorating contest or an interdepartmental festive bake-off. Why not award the winners a little prize as well.
Don’t forget that the way you present your rewards is what makes it meaningful. Keep your employees feeling good by making the presentation special. It doesn't need to break the bank. Simply call the team together. Get senior management to thank them all for their contributions and hand out rewards or special mentions to demonstrate your thanks.